Comments for internetmonk.com http://www.internetmonk.com ...dispatches from the post-evangelical wilderness Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:28:56 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Comment on Death Letter, part two: In love and war, all’s unfair by Chaplain Mike http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/death-letter-part-two-in-love-and-war-alls-unfair/comment-page-1#comment-955938 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:28:56 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=53880#comment-955938 We’ll continue our discussion of the book later this week.

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Comment on Death Letter, part two: In love and war, all’s unfair by the other Mary http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/death-letter-part-two-in-love-and-war-alls-unfair/comment-page-1#comment-955936 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:09:11 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=53880#comment-955936 I finished “Death Letter” last night and only have a little to say. It don’t know if it will make the editorial cut. And maybe it is coming too late. I feel it was important for the author, for his healing if nothing else, to voice his incredible pain and suffering. But I am disturbed by the lack of hope in the end. He started his story with “I got into the business of religion….” and seems to end with something like – well it finally got better and I got back into the business again. Where is the hope? Where is the grace and healing presence of Christ? Is that no longer real to him or was that a casualty of war also?
Years ago when I trained as a volunteer chaplain the Lutheran minister who gave us our training said one thing that has always stuck with me. He said, “You come to bring people peace because you have it to give as you carry the presence of Christ.” I understanding suffering and ‘the dark night of the soul’ and am in no way criticizing the author.

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Comment on IM Film Review: American Sniper — The Old Wild West in the New Middle East by Hanni http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/54050/comment-page-1#comment-955935 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:07:33 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=54050#comment-955935 Yes, Rick Ro, “the Battle for Algiers” is an incredible film. Should be at the top of war movies to watch. It probably is too realistic tho., we like to “feel good.” I have seen some documentaries to out war that are excellent; not showing Baylee’s; “the Fog of War;12Questions for Robert McNamara”. He was sort of brave to make that; it is very enlightening. Also good is “Why we Fight,” an analysis of Eisenhower’s last speech as President. Anything about war, to me, is so depressing, but good to wonder about, I know. Last year was the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI and there were lots of articles about it, with facts being released from the official secrets act, OOPS, I am way off the post. I understand this young man died after returning home? Any other good war movies that you like?

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Comment on IM Film Review: American Sniper — The Old Wild West in the New Middle East by Charles Fines http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/54050/comment-page-1#comment-955932 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:44:00 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=54050#comment-955932 Very interesting article indeed. Overlong, but I pushed thru to the end and would call it mandatory reading for anyone commenting on the film or book. Except in reading a few of the comments to the article itself it is obvious that objectivity and truth occupy different levels in relation to other values depending upon who is doing the valuing, one of the main points of the article.

I give the Monastery relatively high marks in the search for Truth compared to most other places, which is why I hang out here. But in the end, outside of the level of Unity with God which Jesus reached, all of our perceptions and experiences here on Earth are relative. That concept, that truth, if you will, is upsetting to some even here. Just the way things are and not likely to change much today. But little by little I believe we, humanity, are making progress in raising the bar of spiritual evolution. Keeps me out of despair.

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Comment on IM Film Review: American Sniper — The Old Wild West in the New Middle East by Rick Ro. http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/54050/comment-page-1#comment-955930 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:37:54 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=54050#comment-955930 -> “the movie did a good job of showing what escalating violence looks like. You kill 1 of ours, we want to kill 10 of yours.”

Another great movie that depicts this – especially relevant because of the subject matter (Western civilization vs. Islamic fighters) is “The Battle for Algiers.” That movie should be required viewing for anyone who thinks violence and military might is the answer.

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Comment on IM Film Review: American Sniper — The Old Wild West in the New Middle East by Rick Ro. http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/54050/comment-page-1#comment-955928 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:33:27 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=54050#comment-955928 I love any and ALL zombie movies, but I will agree with you: the AUDIO book of “World War Z” is an outstanding achievement. (NOTHING like the movie, by the way, which I also enjoyed for what it was.)

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Comment on IM Film Review: American Sniper — The Old Wild West in the New Middle East by Headless Unicorn Guy http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/54050/comment-page-1#comment-955927 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:31:56 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=54050#comment-955927 Superheroes are mythic Heroes and Demigods. That’s been obvious for a long time.

And the current crop of Marvel Superhero movies present Mythologies of Larger-than-Life Heroes.

Star Wars took off in 1977 because instead of the FAH-shionable GrimDark/Crapsack Important Message Movies of the post-Vietnam Angst era, it was a classic pulp-hero adventure with clear-cut Good Guys and Bad Guys, and (unheard of in Serious(TM) films of the period) THE GOOD GUYS ACTUALLY WON!

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Comment on Sundays with Michael Spencer: January 25, 2015 by Rick Ro. http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/54024/comment-page-1#comment-955926 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:28:24 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=54024#comment-955926 Now that’s funny! Worth coming back here just to read that!

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Comment on IM Film Review: American Sniper — The Old Wild West in the New Middle East by Headless Unicorn Guy http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/54050/comment-page-1#comment-955925 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:28:04 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=54050#comment-955925 And we need mythic heroes and mythic stories.

Our Enlightened Betters in the Hollywood Establishment are wringing their hands with Concern (AKA flat-out Jealousy) over American Sniper‘s success, but people long for heroes.

And except for a mythologized Chris Kyle and colorful cartoon ponies, what other Mythic Heroes(TM) do we have except for the likes of Charlie Sheen, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, and Honey Boo-Boo.

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Comment on IM Film Review: American Sniper — The Old Wild West in the New Middle East by Greg http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/54050/comment-page-1#comment-955924 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:22:27 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=54050#comment-955924 Very well said, Joseph.

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