There’s a remarkable new movie out called The Gospel of John, which has done so well in some Southern markets that it’s receiving a broader nationwide release. I saw the film last night, and I can recommend it very strongly to anyone who’s even remotely interested in the subject. It is a very literal, word-for-word dramatization of the Fourth Gospel; the location shooting was done in Spain, and the production values are impressive enough. Most important, the actor playing Jesus–Henry Ian Cusick-does a terrific job of communicating the character’s spiritual cheerfulness and human likeability. Where others have stressed his kindly seriousness (Max von Sydow in The Greatest Story Ever Told) or his tortured soul (Willem Dafoe in The Last Temptation of Christ), this movie suggests how he was able to build such a large public following in his earthly career. The movie also shows that it’s possible to render a faithful account of the Gospel narrative without presenting any anti-Semitic stereotypes. (Another cause for optimism about Mel’s movie, which comes out next spring.) To see if/when the film will be near you, check out the website.
Using “white men” as a putdown is no longer extreme enough for the Left. Now it is moving on to doing the same for “white women.” How rapidly this transpired. It was less than two years ago that the approximately 98.7 percent of white women working in media who were openly rooting for Hillary Clinton ... Read More
We were not supposed to have made it this far. George Orwell saw night descending on us in 1984. Orwell was, on paper, a radical, but in his heart he was an old-fashioned English liberal. He dreamed of socialism but feared socialists. He feared them because he knew them. I was in the sixth grade in 1984, but I ... Read More
The Boston Globe mistakenly overstated Senator Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry in a Monday report detailing a gene test the Massachusetts lawmaker underwent to substantiate her previous claims to Native American heritage. The ancestry report indicates that Warren is anywhere between six and ten ... Read More
Through much of the last month, the American people have been treated to a version of the emotional and ideological argument that’s dominated the American academy for much of the last ten years. The argument goes something like this: Women rarely lie about rape. Thus, the failure of criminal or civil justice ... Read More
Dear Reader (Even those of you who didn’t seem to notice or care that I failed to file this “news”letter on Friday), So I’m sitting here at Gate C6 at O’Hare waiting for my flight home. I am weary, pressed for time, in desperate need of a shower, and filled with a great sense of dread for the work ... Read More
Hillary Clinton insisted that the sexual-assault allegations against her husband are nothing like the accusations that have been levied against Brett Kavanaugh -- suggesting that Bill’s accusers are not examples of victims who must be believed as part of the #MeToo movement. “There’s a very significant ... Read More