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Fantastic Humans and Where to Find Them

Posted by Santiago, November 30, 2016

It's 1926. An absentminded magizoologist named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York City. As Scamander disembarks at Ellis Island, a customs official questions him about the contents of his suitcase. The expanding suitcase is full of magical livestock, but Newt is able to hide the magic from the No-Maj (muggle or non-magical) official. Among the fantastic beasts in his suitcase: a nifler (a mischievous platypus-looking creature with an attachment to sparkling objects); several occamys (aggressive winged serpents with the ability to shift size); a thunderbird (a giant eagle with the ability to create storms); and a variety of other magical creatures.

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Not Your Sunday School Noah

Posted by Ann, April 2, 2014

I saw the new movie Noah yesterday. And all it did was make me want to run and read my bible. I had seen the previews and knew that I was not about to see a literalist interpretation of the flood story in Genesis, but I think I was expecting to see more of God in it. Among the several artistic license additions to the story were some wild rock creatures that looked like ancient transformers who were fallen angels trapped in encrusted earth. They ultimately became Noah’s defenders (and they were mighty helpful building the ark), but ultimately they were destroyed and the angels were returned to God. These visual effects were wonderful, but did they enhance the story? Only for international sales perhaps. Once on the ark, Noah tells the story of creation to his family and there again, the evolutionary visuals are stunning. Likewise the flood is pretty impressive, but it is a relatively small part of the film. Noah is too busy being superhero, fighting off the wicked humans he encounters.

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St. Francis still speaks today

Posted by Jason, October 9, 2013

Growing up Baptist, I didn't really have much understanding of the various saints. I had heard of St. Peter standing watch at Heaven’s entry gate, but the rest were somewhat unfamiliar to me. However, my God-mother lived next door and she, an Episcopalian, was pretty familiar with the saints, but none more so than St. Francis. She had statues of him in her front yard, a big St. Francis bird bath in her back yard, needlepoint pillows with his image on them on her couch, and a couple of his sayings hanging up on her walls – “You may be the only Gospel your neighbor ever reads” is one that stands out still to this day in my mind.

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