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This Happened — May 18: Mount St. Helens Erupts

The volcano Mount St. Helens erupted on this day in 1980, in the state of Washington, United States.

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What caused the eruption of Mount St. Helens?

The eruption of Mount St. Helens was caused by a combination of geological factors, including the movement of tectonic plates, the buildup of magma beneath the volcano, and the presence of a large ice cap on the mountain.

What was the impact of the eruption of Mount St. Helens?

The eruption of Mount St. Helens had a devastating impact on the surrounding area. The blast and subsequent landslide destroyed forests, buildings, and roads, and caused widespread devastation in the region. It also created a massive ash cloud that reached as far as Montana and affected air traffic across the United States.

How many people died during the eruption of Mount St.Helens?

There were 57 deaths from the eruption, including volcanologists, loggers, and tourists who were in the vicinity of the mountain at the time of the eruption.

Is Mount St. Helens still an active volcano today?

Mount St. Helens is still an active volcano, and it remains closely monitored by volcanologists and other scientists. However, it has not erupted again since 2008, and the risk of another major eruption in the near future is considered low.

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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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