In Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, there is a museum housing a number of icons from the surrounding area, mostly from the nineteenth century, which witnessed a National Revival. Although this icon is not a museum piece (I bought it at a souvenir shop in the town), the icon demonstrates a feature I haven’t noticed before in […]
‘Perdiendo El Norte’ (2015) couldn’t exist apart from the Great Recession and the EU’s chronic imbalance between its northern and southern members. Although this is ostensibly a romantic comedy (and it’s very funny indeed — streets ahead of Hollywood), the film has a serious theme, attested to by the fact that Yon González and Blanca […]
It seems churlish to question the efforts of resistance fighters against Nazi and Soviet oppression during the 1940s and later. After all, these individuals were fighting against the tyranny of dictators and an inhuman regime, right? Maybe. But as this 2014 adaptation of Aleksandr Kamiński’s novel, Kamienie na szaniec (1943), or Stones for the Rampart, reveals, freedom fighters aren’t always […]
Ironically the family becomes a retreat from the banality of life at the same time as it serves as the idol preventing people from entering into true Christianity. Tired of work and lack of opportunity, men and women retreat inwards to the earthy reality of sex and childbearing. Family reunions and special occasions take on dramatic importance. Yet at the same time, retreating into this pagan cradle further distances such people from entering into real life, which is precisely what the Church and the State want, because Christianity is so dangerous.
This is a tale as old as sexuality itself: how the physically beautiful are maligned by their admirers for also choosing partners based on physical attractiveness.
Jesus, said Berdyaev, is the liberator. He struggles for the freedom of creation. In particular, Christ frees us from enslavement to the natural: being slaves to our families, our neighbourhood, our society, fashions, news, politics, money, romantic relationships, sex, and anti-human ideologies.
There are new buildings at my university. Well, there always seem to be new buildings. It’s said that building new buildings is one of the ways vice chancellors like to make their stamp on the place, changing its landscape for posterity. And yet, for all the apparent hive of architectural activity going on, I […]