The Fading Cross: Christianity in European Cinema #CriterionBlogathon

(This is my entry for the Criterion Blogathon, which looks at films in the Criterion Collection.)

There’s no question that the 20th century, particularly the second half, was when Christianity saw a major decline as a political, social and cultural force in Europe.

It’s not hard to understand why: with two generations largely […]

Just because

Miss ya, Sam …

Saturday Open Thread

Bataille de Poitiers, en octobre 732, by Charles de Steuben

Mister we could use a man like Charles “The Hammer” Martel again.

Thursday Open Thread

Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party and the USSR on this date in 1927. He lived in constant watch for assassins who caughtr up with him in Mexico City in 1940 — with an ice axe.

Free Room and Board Too

Check out that caption on the lower righthand side. McGraw-Hill makes a big whoopsy in one of its geography textbooks. From the New York Times: Coby Burren, 15, a freshman at a suburban high school south of here, was reading the textbook in his geography class last week when a map of the United […]

The Problem of Islam

Reposted and updated from this past January

We have been well informed and well warned about the true nature of Islam since its very beginning:

“When the candidatus was killed by the Saracens, I was at Caesarea and I set off by boat to Sykamina. People were saying “the candidatus has been killed,” and […]

Saturday Open Thread

Isabella and Ferdinand walked up those stairs and through that door with Christopher Columbus upon his return from his first voyage. Placa del Rei, Barcelona, Spain.

Wednesday Open Thread

View of the front spire of the Cathedral of Barcelona from the roof. It also evokes the Challenge Stage of the video game Galaga.

Tuesday Open Thread

Old school and new school forms of deterrence in the Gothic Quarter. Barcelona, Spain.

Sunday Open Thread

Arc de Triunfo. Barcelona, Spain