In Defense of Hallmark Christmas Movies

by John Ellis A fascinating aspect of human psychology, that is likely more pronounced in modernity, is the apparent felt need to express character traits that are actually flaws and negative traits. Most of us do it. I must confess that I do it from time to time. For example, I’ve been guilty in the … Continue reading In Defense of Hallmark Christmas Movies

Does Bad Christian Art Lie About God?

by John Ellis Wrapped up in American evangelicalism’s heritage is an (un)healthy stream of Neoplatonism. To be fair, during the fourth and fifth centuries, Neoplatonism did help rescue Christianity from the contra-Biblical dualism of Manicheanism. However, some strands of theological thought also adopted Neoplatonism’s flirtation with Gnosticism’s rejection of the demiurge’s creation. That has carried … Continue reading Does Bad Christian Art Lie About God?

‘Electric Jesus’: The Christian Rock Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

by John Ellis Christian contemporary music (CCM) didn’t play much of a role in my formative years. My parents, youth pastors, and teachers all believed that there was no real difference between “real” rock and CCM; if Bob Jones University banned it, it was banned in my home, church, and Christian school, even if the … Continue reading ‘Electric Jesus’: The Christian Rock Movie You’ve Been Waiting For