March 4, 2013 |
And on the seventh day, History created humongous ratings. The cable network got its prayers answered by retelling two epics Sunday. First, its 10-part, Mark Burnett-produced miniseries "The Bible" premiered to 13.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That made it the No. 1 entertainment telecast of the year on cable TV. Then, at 10 p.m., the network followed up with the initial installment of "The Vikings," its first scripted series, which slapped horned helmets on 6.2 million viewers.
March 3, 2013 |
Mark Burnett, one of the most prolific reality-show producers on television, is going from scorched earth to burning bush. The former military paratrooper who made his name in Hollywood with back-biting, take-no-prisoners programs such as "Survivor," now in its 26th season, and "Celebrity Apprentice," is tackling the Bible in a 10-hour miniseries that marks his first foray into the scripted genre. The show, which launches Sunday on History channel and runs on consecutive Sundays through Easter, covers the Old and New Testaments and cherry-picks some of the best-known stories from Genesis to Revelation.
March 2, 2013 |
History channel, which for so many years seemed dedicated primarily to discovering how many documentaries might be extracted from the Second World War - the Hitler Channel was its joking sobriquet - has been branching out. Last year, its "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries set basic-cable records and was nominated for 16 Emmys (and won five). Sunday brings its first scripted drama, "Vikings," and another miniseries, "The Bible," scheduled so that it ends on Easter. There are millions if not billions who take the Bible as literal truth, but it is not history as we commonly understand the word.
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December 26, 2012 |
The children's section offers the standard selection of Hardy Boys. Across the store, a shelf marked "Classics" carries more of the usual fare, including a range of work by Charles Dickens. But for a brick-and-mortar bookstore to survive today, the basics are not enough. So Clarey Rudd, owner of the new Bank of Books, Malibu, has learned to customize, and to cater to his clients in novel ways. On display near the front of his store is "50 Years of James Bond. " Inside are pictures of Pierce Brosnan, one of many celebrities who stop in from time to time.
December 15, 2012
Responding to C.S. Pearce's Dec. 2 Op-Ed article, "The Christian case for gay marriage," reader Tony Hillbruner of San Gabriel wrote: "The Bible does not discuss gay marriage, but it condemns homosexual activity. In Romans 1:27, 'men ... were inflamed with lust for one another [and] committed indecent acts with other men.' 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 condemns a variety of 'wrongdoers,' including adulterers, male prostitutes and homosexuals. "Pearce cites Leviticus 20:13, but she focuses on its call to execute homosexuals and not on its core message: that a man who sleeps with a man has done something 'detestable.' While the punishment is foolishly excessive, this does not eliminate the biblical condemnation of homosexual behavior.
December 9, 2012 |
That big fat bible of psychiatric diagnosis - the DSM - is one step closer to its overhaul, a task that has taken more than a decade. On Dec. 1, the board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Assn. voted to approve the fifth edition of the book, which psychiatrists use to diagnose patients. The final edition is due out in May. Among the changes: Asperger's disorder will no longer be classed as a separate condition but will be folded into an umbrella category called autism spectrum disorder.
December 7, 2012
Re "The Christian case for gay marriage," Opinion, Dec. 2 C.S. Pearce asserts that same-sex marriage is not addressed in Mark, Chapter 10, where Jesus said, "At the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife. " In answering a question about divorce, Jesus points to the Genesis account as a clear testimony of God's design for marriage. By attempting to make the case that we should "make the same cultural allowances for gay couples 2,000 years later that Christian churches have long made for the divorced," Pearce tips her hand.
December 2, 2012 |
Despite the increasing number of those who hold other faiths or no faith, Christians still wield substantial influence on our nation's cultural and ethical norms. After all, 73% of Americans still identify as Christian, according to a 2012 Pew Forum Study. So the fact that many churchgoers have changed their views about gay civil rights in recent years is one of the major under-reported reasons why same-sex marriage is now legal in nine states. It is also one of the reasons that the constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, which took away gay Californians' right to marry, may get a hearing in the Supreme Court this term (an announcement is expected on Monday)
November 30, 2012
Re "Church family loses court ruling," Nov. 27 Crystal Cathedral founder Robert Schuller and his family will receive "only" about $700,000 from their bankrupt ministry, an amount Schuller's daughter calls a "travesty. " Matthew 6:20 states, "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. " Mark Stephen Mrotek Carson ALSO: Letters: Wastewater isn't 'waste' Letters: Exporting hate to Uganda Letters: On the other hand on Deasy
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November 26, 2012 |
With her chiseled features, 1940s-style black dress, retro sunglasses and lacy black parasol, tour guide Karie Bible strolls the 60 acres of Hollywood Forever Cemetery looking as if she might be a wayward mourner from the funeral of Tyrone Power or another Tinseltown luminary. She answers the obvious questions that, yes, her name really is Karie Bible, and, yes, she really was born on Halloween, saying, "I can't make this up. " Being a cemetery tour guide may seem an unlikely avocation.