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Seeing and Believing 259 | James D’Arcy’s Made in Italy and Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity

Two very different kinds of family melodramas are featured in this week’s episode: James D’Arcy’s Made in Italy, and the famous film noir Double Indemnity!

History Is Written by the Losers

The lesson is that if we don’t tell the true stories, if we fail to pass them down to future generations, the lies will rush into the vacuum and take over.

The Sisters Who Pulled a Prank and Accidentally Started a Religion

For Kate (age ten) and Maggie (age fourteen), the whole thing started as a harmless prank, but evolved into a movement of millions trying to talk to the dead.

It’s a Festival, Not a Machine: Celebrating The Symbolic World

Jonathan Pageau’s channel, The Symbolic World, provides a means for the baptism of the evangelical imagination into this symbolic life.

Man the Harpoons!: Reading Moby Dick and Sailing the Twittersphere Looking for a Whale to Kill

If Twitter and Facebook and Reddit and TikTok and whatever else is out there have anything in common, it’s obsession. And that’s what Moby Dick is all about.

Seeing and Believing 258 | Dave Franco’s The Rental and Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place

Seeing & Believing kicks off a new series on film noir starting with Humphrey Bogart in a Lonely Place and Dave Franco’s directorial debut with The Rental.

Shea Serrano’s Joy Ride

Reveling, then recognizing the same enthusiasm in us, Shea Serrano delights to share these experiences.

Star Trek: Discovery’s Christopher Pike: An Old-Fashioned Hero for Our Cynical Times

In Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Pike shows an unswerving commitment to goodness and willing sacrifice that isn’t just refreshing, it’s downright inspirational.

How to Train Your Dragon: Revision, Restoration, and Edenic Longing

Even though How to Train Your Dragon should be a very silly story, sometimes very silly stories manage to say the very best things.

Seeing and Believing 257 | Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Old Guard and Elizabeth Coffman/Mark Bosco’s Flannery

Wade and Kevin sit down with Netflix’s superhero-adjacent action flick The Old Guard, and the documentary Flannery about the renowned 20th Century author.

What “Wedding Night” Videos Say about Christian Influencer Culture

One of the reasons Christian influencers make videos about their newly minted sex lives is almost certainly to get views, which begets both more followers—more impact for Jesus, naturally—and also more money.

Funny Beliefs 6 | Grace

Many things can bring relief, connect us with each other, and reveal our faults, but laughter does these things with playfulness and joy.

For a Few Years, Everyone in France Was Wearing Squid Hats, and the Guy Who Wrote Les Misérables Was to Blame

So-called cephalomania first took off in France, where it suddenly became fashionable to host octopus- and squid-themed parties, and for a few years, squid-shaped hats were considered to be the height of fashion among French women.

Hamilton Invites Us to Imagine the Power of Forgiveness

Alexander is redeemed, not because he deserves it, but because Eliza grants redemption to him.

Seeing and Believing 256| Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow and Max Barbakow’s Palm Springs

Kelly Reichardt’s latest film about two friends milking a rich man’s cow on the sly, and why Wade and Kevin also like Palm Springs, the Hulu original film.

School Reopening Dilemma Is an Education in Itself

The issue of reopening schools has raised a question we’ve been putting off for far too long: what is the purpose of public education?