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I enjoy watching movies, more than most, I’d say. I look for the hidden things. The stuff that can really make or break a film. Recently, I saw a film named “Dogma”. If you haven’t and don’t plan on seeing it, I’ll sum it up. A satire on Catholicism and Christianity in general. It is targeted at a younger crowd with the selection of cast members and language. However, the underlying themes should be appealing to the more mature audience. One thing I look for is well written phrases within the dialouge. One from Dogma stuck out. “it’s not that you have faith in god, but it’s that you have faith. “Wow, I thought. That is exactly the way I have been feeling towards these fire and brimstone preachers. I have never had so many people come up to me in stores asking if I’ve found myself a church. Not “Hey do you have enough food in your fridge? Or have you found a job yet?” I do believe in an all powerful force. It’s name is God, Yahweh, Allah, Zues, Jupiter, and Buddha. It has had too many names in long dead languages to count. That is the first problem. For mankind to understand something that is intangible, he has to personify it. Name it, and give him a sex, and a long beard. It would be like asking someone what does a rainbow taste like? (Not skittles) They tell you strawberries. You ask “How do you know that?” They would reply “Because that’s what my parents taught me, and they wouldn’t lie to their child would they? This is the exact same arguement I get from Christians that can’t get past quoting the bible for any answer to any question posed. The force I speak of is perfect. Not the way we see perfection as , and yes we are a part of that perfection. Our faults and vices are perfect, we just don’t see it that way because we are pessimistic by nature.


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by Robert Walker

Dogma
I liked the movie Dogma because it was funny but it was a fiction not meant to be real. I dont agree with what your saying about God but that doesn't matter. I believe what the Bible tells me about the good news that Jesus died so that we could live. Its good that you write about how you believe and I came here to read it because I thought it would be something I would like to read because of your title about the movie. Thank you for writing.

I believe that Jesus loves everybody just the same no matter who they are or what they believe.

( Posted by: Agape [Member] On: May 20, 2005 )

Dogma
I have read a few of your posts, Robert and find them interesting. I saw 'Dogma', too. Now, awhile from then, remember that it was interesting, but didn't really stick with me as, say "Life as a House" did. Now that's a great movie!
I would have enjoyed your write more if you had defined paragraphs for easier reading. Still, so nice to meet some one new who has a mind and an ability to use it.
I enjoyed this write and look forward to more from you.
Elizabeth

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: May 21, 2005 )

you know...
'Dogma' makes a helluva lot more (perhaps I should, rather, say 'deeper')sense if you know a little more about Kevin Smith, have seen the three movies leading up to Dogma, and know WHY he wrote the movie. However, the point of it, when it comes right down to it, is this:
a) open the hearts and minds of not only America's youth, but their families, their friends, and everyone around them that they might affect, in their lives, and
b) Make fun of the Catholics.

Personally, this movie made a huge difference in my life, and kind of helped me rediscover my own faith, and my own Christianity, with my own personal relationship with God and Christ. Smith put things into the words that described how I've felt all along. A damn good flick, whether or not you get the same quality or quantity of ideas out of it.

Frieden und Liebe,
William A. Corder

( Posted by: the Co.konspirator [Member] On: May 21, 2005 )





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