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The Secret History of William Gibson’s Never-Filmed ‘Aliens’ Sequel

One of the many problems with <i>Alien 3</i> was its lack of escalation. The first film in the franchise, Ridley Scott’s <i>Alien</i>, was a claustrophobic monster …

Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut Is the Movie 2016 Deserves

<i>Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut</i> is the cinematic equivalent of a train wreck. <i>Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut</i> is the physical equivalent of a train …

Why Superman's Lame Disguise Might Actually Work

It’s been a longstanding complaint since the first <i>Superman</i> comics debuted in the 1930s: why doesn’t anyone see through Clark Kent’s lame disguise and …

Psychology

How Trigger Warnings Silence Religious Students

Practices meant to protect marginalized communities can also ostracize those who disagree with them.<p>Last week, the University of Chicago’s dean of students sent a welcome letter to freshmen decrying trigger warnings and safe spaces—ways for students to be warned about and opt out of exposure to …

Religion

We’re Helping Deport Kids to Die

TAPACHULA, Mexico — Elena was 11 years old when a gang member in her home country, Honduras, told her to be his girlfriend.<p>“I had to say yes,” Elena, now 14, explained. “If I had said no, they would have killed my entire family.”<p>Elena knew the risks because one of her friends, Jenesis, was also …

Immigration

10 Things Donald Trump Might Not Realize About Becoming “Born-Again”

Donald Trump is a born again Christian– or so they say. And by they, I mean Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson, who recently claimed that he had …

Donald Trump

Was Jesus A Pacifist?

I hear the claim, “Jesus wasn’t a pacifist!” a lot. But is it true? Was Jesus a pacifist, or not? What we know about Jesus comes to us from the four …

Faith

Why I'm Not a Conscientious Objector

I can't condemn war in the way my Anabaptist friends so quickly do. <i>This June, CT drew attention to veterans’ experiences in the cover story “Formed</i> …

New Jersey

The First Coral Reefs Are Starting to Permanently Dissolve

As if the oceans needed more terrible news, scientists have learned that the coral reefs surrounding the Florida Keys are dissolving. The …

Oceans

Why We Want to Return to Stars Hollow

The weirdest part of the Gilmore Girls hometown? How they did community right. How I made it so far into adulthood without having watched <i>Gilmore …

TV

Bey and Bey's God

God and women's freedom are tied up together in Beyoncé's 'Lemonade.' In “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” the third and angriest track on Beyoncé’s album</i> …

Trayvon Martin

X-Men’s Professor X Is Christ and Apocalypse Is a False God - IGN

Christ vs. Anti-Christ<p>With X-Men: Apocalypse hitting on May 27, we did an edit bay visit with other press to chat with director Bryan Singer. …

Comics

The Church Needs 'Lemonade'

<i>This post was originally published on TheSaltCollective.org</i><p><b>Intuition. Denial. Anger. Apathy. Emptiness. Accountability. Reformation. Forgiveness. Resurrection. Hope. Redemption.</b><p>If one were to put these words together on a Sunday morning, slip them into synthesizer led worship, announce them from …

White Supremacism

Batman: The Killing Joke Animated Movie Rated R - IGN

Set for release later this year.<p>The first film in the DC Universe Original Movie series to receive an R rating will be Batman: The Killing …

Batman

How a Texas Church Drove Out the Predatory Loan Industry

For one Garland pastor, living out the gospel means collective political action.

Interest Rates

American Religion Has Never Looked Quite Like It Does Today

Based on these trends, the future of religion in America probably isn't a church.<p>Nearly a century after German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche first proclaimed "God is dead,” TIME magazine released a controversial cover on its April 8, 1966 edition with the related provocative question: “Is God …

Atheism

I'm a Christian and I Hate Christian Movies

It's a frustrating time to love movies <i>and</i> God. As a lifelong evangelical and a Christian film critic, I'm constantly alerted to the next faith-based …

Critical thinking suppressed in brains of people who believe in the supernatural

The opposition between religious beliefs and scientific evidence can be explained by difference in brain structures and cognitive activity. …

Critical Thinking

Pokémon Is One of the Creepiest Dystopian Societies Ever

For 20 years, <i>Pokémon</i> has had the reputation of a cheery kid’s franchise. But under the veneer of Ash and co.’s adventures, there lies one of the most …

What DC's 'New 52' Got Right—And What It Got Wrong

Rumors abound that DC Comics’ new “Rebirth” project will reboot its comics continuity yet again, and put an end to the “New 52" era that began in …

A New Interpretation Of The Force Was Revealed On A Trippy Star Wars Rebels

<i>Star Wars Rebels</i> keeps showing us these fascinating corners of the <i>Star Wars</i> universe that the main movies can’t quite get to. Last night, we …

Super Bowl Theology: How Americans See God's Role in the Big Game

Surveys suggest Christians believe much more prosperity gospel than Calvinism is at play. American Christians apparently aren't Calvinists when it …

New England

'Hail, Caesar!' — A Tale of the Christ?

"Hail, Caesar!" is both a romp through Hollywood's Golden Age and an unlikely Passion Play. Look, I know there’s no bigger cliché than a Christian …

Movies

The Last Land Rover Defender

The first Land Rover rolled off the line in Solihull in 1948. 68 years, later, so did the last. The Last Land Rover Defender is a 90 Heritage Soft …

English is Surprisingly Devoid of Emotionally Positive Words

While investigating non-English words associated with positive emotions and concepts, a British researcher recently discovered 216 foreign words for …

Language

I Miss the Heroes of the 80s Who Got Their Asses Kicked All the Time

The 80s were a simpler, more macho time. It was the era of Ronald Reagan, Rambo, and Bruce Springsteen’s patriotic denim buttcheek. But when I think …

Does It Diminish Diversity If Minority Heroes Share A Name?

This week’s announcement of a second Captain America title, <i>Captain America: Steve Rogers</i>, to run alongside the current <i>Captain America: Sam Wilson</i> …

12 Fiction Books That Will Shape Your Theology

If you don't use novels to enrich your spiritual life, you're missing out.When we think about the role of reading in our spiritual formation, we …

Spirituality

Masters of the Universe Recut Into The Force Awakens Trailer Is Awesome

Here’s some further proof that the full <i>The Force Awakens</i> trailer model works for everything: <i>Masters of the Universe</i> recut into the same trailer style …