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Why the Academy Needs a Resurrection of the Soul, by Mark Edmundson

August 17, 2015

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Courage, contemplation, compassion: These are the great ideals of the ancient world. And though their lights are dimming, there is still time to revive them, to examine them, and, if one is so moved, to bring them into one’s own life.

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Connecting to God in Hollywood, the Ivy League, and Beyond

February 25, 2014

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Spiritual disciplines are designed not so much to “get you somewhere” in your career as much as to keep you alive spiritually in a constantly shifting landscape of success and failure.

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It’s a Wonderful Life and the Courage to Live (and Create Art) Idealistically

December 21, 2012

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Few of us will ever get an invitation to an early screening of our life’s work like George did. Yet we will all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. To be a two handed warrior is to live for that heavenly red carpet affair, not its pale imitation at the Kodak theatre. Part 3 […]

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Capra’s Tale of a Depressed Idealist: It’s a Wonderful Life, Part 2, by Gary David Stratton, PhD

December 20, 2012

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Part 2 of annual repost of most read series in THW’s brief history: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) provides a wonderful expression of the complicated interplay between modern Physicalism and Idealism as life-interpreting stories in the life of its main character, George Bailey.

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It’s a Wonderful Life: Frank Capra’s Worldview Masterpiece

December 19, 2012

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Like George Bailey and Ricky Gervais, we all eventually find ourselves wondering: Is there a reward for knowing and trying to do the right thing? (Either in heaven or on earth) Or, is it all a waste of time?

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Soul-Nourishing Practices in a Soul-Deadening World: Emmy Magazine’s Interview with Kurt Schemper, Korey Scott Pollard, and Gary David Stratton

March 19, 2012

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SERIES INTRO: Connecting to the Life of God in Hollywood, the Ivy League, and Beyond – Soul-Nourishing Practices in a Soul-Deadening World “The entertainment industry is no different than any other place with lonely people searching for gladness.”  -Emmy Award-winning producer, Kurt Schemper by Gary David Stratton, PhD • Senior Editor Kurt Schemper, had just been named Act One’s first ever Emmy […]

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When a Star ‘Loses It’ Emmy Roundtable Video: TV Showrunners on how they would handle a Charlie Sheen

May 19, 2011

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When a Star 'Loses It' Emmy Roundtable Video: TV Showrunners on how they would handle a Charlie Sheen

Bill Prady (“Big Bang Theory”), Steve Levitan (“Modern Family”), Dan Harmon (“Community”) and others explain how they would handle the “Two and a Half Men” situation. The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Emmy Roundtables don’t begin running until late May, but here’s a little tease of the great discussions we’ve got on tap for this season’s Roundtable […]

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The Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais’ Atheism and Sentimental Hogwash: It’s a Wonderful Life, Part 1

December 21, 2010

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Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais’s Atheism joke and recent essay in the Wall Street Journal “Why I’m An Atheist,” provide a great background for examining an all-time great Christmas movie and one of the best defenses of Theism in Hollywood history–It’s a Wonderful Life.

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