Pass the popcorn: spiritual discernment at the movies

With the current debate about movie censorship, it's easy to jump on the bandwagon and criticize everything that comes out of Hollywood. Yet movies are about communicating ideas. The discerning viewer looks for universal messages irrespective of costume and location—insights that shed light on our own circumstances.

But with all the violence, gratuitous sex, and other tough scenes often depicted, what's a moviegoer to do? Obviously, parents can read about films before letting children see them, even check out the Web sites that most films offer and read reviews in newspapers, like The Christian Science Monitor. The responsibilities of parents don't stop because of the possibility of federal regulation of the industry.

'Odyssey in prime time'
January 29, 2001

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