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Anti-Catholic comic book writer/artist Jack Chick passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. As far as I know, I’m the only Catholic apologist ever to meet him. Below is an account of that meeting, originally published in the March, 2004 issue […]

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The recent remake of the movie Pete’s Dragon has prompted some discussion on the Internet of whether it is ever permissible, from a Christian point of view, to depict dragons as friendly, which happens in the movie. Some, pointing to comments made by novelist Michael O’Brien in his book A Landscape with Dragons, have answered […]

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Lum and Abner was an Old Time Radio show that was kind of like a radio predecessor of The Andy Griffith Show. It was about two homespun characters–Lum and Abner–who ran a general store in the town of Pine Ridge, Arkansas. They had a series of comedic adventures with their fellow townspeople, as well as […]

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One of the challenges J.J. Abrams and company had in making Star Wars: The Force Awakens was making things feel familiar, yet different. That includes the main cast. Our new heroes needed to evoke Luke, Leia, and Han without being carbon copies of them. The solution they opted for was to take the character traits […]

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We discuss the second part of the Doctor Who finale of series 8, “Death in Heaven”. Love, Life, Death and the survival of the human soul: big themes in this epic finale of this season of Doctor Who. How well did the writers wrap up this year’s story line? Hear our thoughts in this episode […]

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We discuss the first part of the Doctor Who finale of series 8, “Dark Water”. What did we think of the revelation of the nethersphere that was hinted at during the entire season? And what to think of the true identity of ‘Missy’? Hear our thoughts in this episode of ‘Secrets of Doctor Who’. Join Jimmy […]

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In this podcast episode we review and analyze episode 10 of season 8, entitled ‘In the Forest of the Night’ and discuss the underlying themes, inside jokes and hidden gems. Join Jimmy Akin, Stephanie Zimmer, Dom Bettinelli and Fr. Roderick for discussion, analysis and speculation! Click this link to listen or use the player on the web site. […]

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NOTE: I’ve gotten a bit behind in posting podcast episodes, so I’m going to try to catch up by posting a number of my appearances on other shows over a fairly short period. I’m also looking to resume completely new podcasts in the near future. In this podcast episode of Secrets of Doctor Who, we […]

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The Principle is a documentary promoting geocentrism, or the idea that the earth is at the center of the universe. In a previous post, I looked at how well it worked as a film. (I gave it * * 1/2 stars out of 5.) What about the content of the film? How well does that […]

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Doctor Who as an exorcist, redeemer and detective on the Orient Express? In this podcast episode we review and analyse episode 8 of season 8, entitled ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ and highlight all the themes, inside jokes and easter eggs. Join Jimmy Akin, Fr. Cory Sticha, Stephanie Zimmer, Dom Bettinelli and Fr. Roderick for discussion, analysis and speculation! Click this […]

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