St. John ends his Gospel: “There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.”
In O’Brien’s telling, Theophilus is a Greek physician who travels to the Holy Land to investigate the controversial new Christian faith his adoptive son, Luke, has embraced.
Though strongly skeptical, Theophilus interviews a host of characters who knew Jesus and ultimately finds peace and new freedom in faith himself.
Though meticulously researched and historically sound, the 450-page book is a compulsive read.
Movie reviews from a Catholic view
You’ve heard friends and co-workers rave about the hot new sci-fi movie playing at the local cineplex, and wondered not only if it’s as good as people say, but how closely it squares with the Catholic faith and if it’s appropriate to take your 9-year-old son. Where can you turn?
Try “REEL FAITH,” a new movie-review program that airs at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s New Evangelization Television (NET) cable channel and online at netny.net/reelfaith, which offers “film reviews you can have faith in.”
Hosts David DiCerto, a former reviewer for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Steven Greydanus, reviewer for the National Catholic Register and founder of Decent Films Guide (www.decentfilms.com) give viewers the lowdown on three to five new releases during the weekly half-hour program. The format is straightforward and simple, with DiCerto and Greydanus sitting in an empty movie theater, a la Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert in their classic show “At the Movies” (missing are the thumbs-up or thumbs-down signs), with clips from the films they are reviewing.
Both DiCerto and Greydanus are clearly well versed in the film world and can offer not only theological and cinematic insights into the movies they review, but add historical and sociological context as well.
In addition to reviewing new films, the show turns the spotlight on a “movie with a message,” an older film that’s worth a look. This segment is hosted by Father Robert Lauder.
The new season of “REEL FAITH” is to begin Sept. 23.