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Monday, December 21, 2009

Warning: Avatar may be tainted

A great loss is about to occur--Peter Steinfels' biweekly column, "Beliefs," is about to disappear from The New York Times.

However, perhaps this vacuum will be partially filled by their new op-ed columnist Ross Douthat (see earlier blog entry about Karen Armstrong). His column today, about Avatar, is a brilliant short piece about the pantheistic non-theology espoused in that movie. He correctly cites Dancing With Wolves, Star Wars, The Lion King, and even Pocahontas as examples of the genre.

I doubt if I'd agree with Mr. Douthat about political issues, but the man knows a thing or two about Christian doctrine. Here's the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/opinion/21douthat1.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper