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Month: March 2020

The Polymath Roundtable – Episode 24 – Sanderson on Trial

Brandon Sanderson, famous author, lauded as epic fantasy writer, and determinedly Mormon. Is his writing merely fun and epic works, or is it insidious and to be shunned?

My take? This is a very dangerous thing to hand to anyone weak in faith or young and impressionable. Mormon theology is completely incompatible with our Christian beliefs, and we should be careful about what we share and support as Christians. More discussion inside the episode!

Published March 26th, 2020

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The Polymath Roundtable – Episode 22 – Macguyver Reborn

Coming from the Classic TV archive, Macguyver is a dearly remembered and treasured part of my childhood. Today we talk briefly about the original series and the new rebooted Macguyver on CBS. In short, given the sample size so far, the reboot is not as good as the original by far, but it has hints of the original heart and soul. 3/5 so far, hoping to raise the score. Warnings for language and mild suggestive content.

Published March 11, 2020

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Quickshot Reviews: Blue Bloods

If ever a cop drama was written by people with hearts and souls, Blue Bloods would be the result. Starring the one and only Tom Selleck of Magnum P.I. fame as New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, Blue Bloods takes a beautiful look at the world of NYC through the eyes of a family of police officers and lawyers. While dealing with the regrettable results and impacts of sin in the world, the Reagan family leans on their faith in God and on each other to find their way in a world tinted grey and confusing.

Five Shields out of Five. Recommended age: 10 and up, with the understanding that you will need to discuss sin and crime with your younger watchers.

Cop dramas are a hard genre to watch in many cases. Blood, death, prominent displays of the impact of sin as seen through the eye of the magistrate; all lead to a very emotionally fraught and often shocking show to watch. Blue Bloods rises above the genre by focusing on a family of Irish cops who fight crime and defend the weak, then join each other at the family dinner table on Sunday and pray together on screen. And unlike most modern depictions of Christianity, the Reagan family faith is presented not as hypocrisy or a goody-goody facade, but rather as sincerely held belief and moral comfort that guides their actions.

There are depictions of traumatic events, as well as deaths and shootings on screen, which is to be expected when watching a show about cops. However, foul language is kept to a minimum, far less than one might expect from the Irish cop stereotype. Also, there is very little crude and vulgar content, occasionally hinted at by characters but no on-screen nudity or other x rated material in the season and a half that I have deeply enjoyed over the last two weeks.

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