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Rue Amelot, Our Best International Essays Of 2016

Rue Amelot, Our Best International Essays Of 2016

PARIS — There was enough news (real and fake) to keep our heads spinning for all of 2016. Yet one project we are particularly proud about this past year is our new Rue Amelot ongoing series of essays. These pieces may or may not take news as a leaping-off point, but ultimately wind up somewhere else, looking a bit closer to home, a bit further inside the personal experiences of the writers sharing their stories. Here are a few of our favorite pieces:

Soil And Blood: National Identity Is More Than My Passport

Cynthia Martens, Feb. 18

Rock, Rebellion And My Misguided Shame Of Brazilian Culture

Fred Di Giacomo, Feb. 25

Syrian Lessons Close To Home, From Paris To Tennessee

Liz Garrigan, March 18

Trump And Torture, Reflections Of A Good Soldier

Robert Christy, March 31

The Limits Of Modern Privacy, Lessons From Mongolia

Martin de Bourmont, May 5

Domestic Work, That Insidious Worldwide Bastion Of Sexism

Moira Molly Chambers, May 12

Couchsurfing (And Keeping Secrets) In Palestine — Part 1

Alex Correa, July 1

France, The Myths Of Human Freedom And Terror

Jeff Israely, July 21

Silent Delivery, How My Stillborn Twins Made Me A Better Mother

Einat Nathan, Oct. 5

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Should Christians Be Scared Of Horror Movies?

Horror films have a complicated and rich history with christian themes and influences, but how healthy is it for audiences watching?

Should Christians Be Scared Of Horror Movies?

"The Nun II" was released on Sept. 2023.

Joseph Holmes

“The Nun II” has little to show for itself except for its repetitive jump scares — but could it also be a danger to your soul?

Christians have a complicated relationship with the horror genre. On the one hand, horror movies are one of the few types of Hollywood films that unapologetically treat Christianity (particularly Catholicism) as good.

“The Exorcist” remains one of the most successful and acclaimed movies of all time. More recently, “The Conjuring” franchise — about a wholesome husband and wife duo who fight demons for the Catholic Church in the 1970s and related spinoffs about the monsters they’ve fought — has more reverent references to Jesus than almost any movie I can think of in recent memory (even more than many faith-based films).

The Catholic film critic Deacon Steven Greydanus once mentioned that one of the few places where you can find substantial positive Catholic representation was inhorror films.

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