Author: Herbie Borek

Black Snake Moan: The Film That Could Have Changed Everything

Every once in a long while there comes a more or less “mainstream” movie which adheres so closely to Catholic and/or Christian thought that it makes a man like me wonder if the conversion of America might still be possible. In 1965, there was The Agony and the Ecstasy. In 1986, there was The Mission. And in 2012, there was For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada. The Agony and the Ecstasy and For Greater Glory were based on actual events and The Mission depicts an actual point in history, even if the characters are not historically real....

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The Pros and Cons of Kneeling

“I kneel only to God. I don’t see him here.” –John Abruzzi, Prison Break There is plenty of talk about sports players kneeling during the national anthem. They are using it as an outward sign to shine a light on the history of oppression of various groups in the United States of America. Or at least that is what I think they have been saying. This poses some interesting issues. Considering the fact that kneeling has been the quintessential sign of respect and devotion for millennia, it is somewhat baffling that people take it as a sign of disrespect....

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Book Review: Father Terrence Ehrman and “Man of God”

A priest, Father Terrence Ehrman, recently visited my college, Holy Cross. He teaches at the university on the other side of the road. A small, obscure, morally ambiguous university by the name of Notre Dame. He recently published a book called “Man of God.” The subtitle is “Lessons for Young Men about Life, Sex, Friendship, Vocation, & Loving with the Heart of Christ.” The modern world is fraught with sins that have the power to corrupt. It is true that they have always been present, but it is only within the last hundred years that they have been normalized...

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What is the Difference Between Dictatorship And Christianity

What is the Difference Between Dictatorship and Christianity? Where would you draw the line? What would you do if everyone you knew decided to become part of a cult that commits crimes and continually tows the line of morality? This is the question that the German film “Die Welle” (the wave) deals with. The film depicts a teacher who, after being unable to choose the subject that he wanted to teach for the week, decided to show his students how it feels to be in a dictatorship, which is the subject that he ended up having to teach. The...

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Time Travel In Movies And The Power of Choice

Time travel is a popular trope in a lot of stories nowadays, and each story seemingly has its own way of using time travel to propel the story forward. As far as I can tell, there are three types of time travel. The first is where everything is on a continuous loop, like what happens in the movie 12 Monkeys or what happens in the third book of Harry Potter. The second is where nothing really makes a whole lot of sense and you can have “time paradoxes” and catch yourself in a time loop. I am just going...

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