The Silent Providence of Pain

About a half century ago the Japanese man, Shusaku Endo, wrote the novel, 沈黙 (Chinmoku). It was soon translated into English under the title, Silence, captivating a large number of people throughout the world, including Martin Scorsese who later directed and produced a movie based on it.[1]  Its story highlights a theological and philosophical dilemma […]

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On Judging Movies

People have very strong opinions about movies, opinions that rival, in passionate fervor, those of politics and religion. For example, many middle-aged Star Wars fans take personal offense to The Phantom Menace (‘99); and SW fans, a few years older, complain about Return of the Jedi (‘83); a number of my acquaintances feel “violated” by […]

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The Armor of the Dragon: Chapter One: What Grew in the Garden

In a small town in Japan, the Chinese Dragon caught the people that lived there. It invisibly guided them this way and that, pushing and pulling them along with its gentle breath. Its enormous mouth carried them to a part of the town where several old wooden buildings still stood. These sturdy architectural relics were […]

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