Who’d have thought the rotary-dial phone and kung fu could help save late 22nd-century humanity? These were just a couple of the charming wrinkles in a sci-fi thriller that captivated audiences with its innovative special effects and ambiguous religiosity and mysticism. The oddness of the combination perhaps helps explain The Matrix’s staying power. Aaron Nava first saw the film at age nine, triggering a lifelong devotion that, two decades and many viewings later, continues to nourish his moral reflections.
Disasters – natural or otherwise – have a way of bringing out extremes in human behaviour and emotions. And so it was with the Easter Week fire at Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Paris: from the Catholic priest who risked his life to save irreplaceable relics and artwork, to French businessmen pledging grandiose sums for rebuilding, to the almost psychotic architecture some proposed for the restoration. For Patrick Keeney, the near-catastrophe triggered deep reflection on our era’s tense relationship between science and spirituality.
Official regret – often delivered with a perfectly moistened eye and quavering voice – has been expressed by our prime minister for a seemingly endless parade of old injustices. Native schoolchildren, gays and lesbians, Sikh immigrants, Jewish refugees, six British Columbia chiefs hanged following the Chilcotin War and Inuit populations suffering from tuberculosis have all received a mea culpa from Ottawa. But does such federal self-abasement correspond to what actually happened? Peter Shawn Taylor casts a gimlet eye at Mexico’s efforts to blame 16th century Spain for present-day complaints and finds that the truth sometimes comes down on the side of colonialism.
Last month’s Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa included a panel discussion on the question, “Can Canadian History be Saved from the Mob?” In her opening remarks panelist Barbara Kay examined how mobs subvert history to demonize the Jews, a process echoed in the growing demonization of Canada’s colonial past and foundational values.
Like many young people, Johnathan Strathdee got his progressive ideals from the public education system. In high school he learned that capitalism is unfair, oppression is endemic, and environmental catastrophe is imminent. Then he read Plato and learned that the world is not so simple.
China just cracked down on religion. But they’re not alone: see Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea……
“Be it resolved that markets cannot function without a basis in shared religious belief.” – Michael Walker
Peter Stockland and Michael Walker debate religion and capitalism. This week, Michael Walker offers his thoughts…
“Be it resolved that markets cannot function without a basis in shared religious belief.” – Peter Stockland
Peter Stockland and Michael Walker debate religion and capitalism.
New research backs up what objective historians have long known, Pope Pius XII sheltered Jews—contrary to later smears that he was “Hitler’s Pope”….