All articles by Martin Saunders – Page 3

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    Comedy characters or faithful portrayal?

    2014-02-05T00:00:00Z

    As hit BBC sitcom Rev. ends its first series, Martin Saunders reflects on its realism...

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    Joking Apart

    2014-02-05T00:00:00Z

    What can preachers learn from the stand-up comedy revolution? Martin Saunders takes to the stage...

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    The Ambiguity of Doubt

    2014-02-05T00:00:00Z

    Hollywood's latest offering tackles child abuse in the Catholic Church - but is this good news for the Church?

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    The church of the digital age

    2014-02-05T00:00:00Z

    It can feel impossible to keep up with technological advances. But for the sake of the gospel, we have to try…

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    The Gospel According to Pullman...

    2014-02-05T00:00:00Z

    Martin Saunders responds to the atheist author’s take on the Jesus story...

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    Profile: Martin Sheen

    2013-12-19T00:00:00Z

    Movie star, activist and self-proclaimed ‘radical Catholic’ Martin Sheen’s new film is about a popular Christian pilgrimage. As he tells Christianity about his own journey of faith, he reveals a passion for theology and prayer, and a profound sense of commitment and calling to social justice. 

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    'I genuinely hope that people are converted'

    2013-12-19T00:00:00Z

    How did the story of the Nativity capture the heart of one of Britain’s most successful screenwriters?

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    ‘If I get out of touch I can't do my job'

    2013-12-19T00:00:00Z

    Some might say that a ‘culturally relevant bishop’ is a contradiction in terms. But for Bishop Graham Cray, understanding and engaging with culture is essential for reaching people with the gospel

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    Gagged and bound

    2013-12-19T00:00:00Z

    Half of all Christian men use Internet pornography. Some claim it’s the reason men are leaving churches in their droves. And yet, we’re not talking about it. So just how did it become the silent menace to the church?

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    Who do you think you are?

    2013-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Is Dr Who Christianity’s greatest allegorical resource, or is he a subverted Messiah?

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    Restless Wanderers

    2013-02-14T00:00:00Z

    They made folk music cool again. Their lead singer has well-known Christian parents. And they sing about God. Surely Mumford and Sons are a Christianity culture columnist’s dream? Martin Saunders is not so sure.

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    Reality and Rewards

    2013-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Although Reality TV is waning in popularity, The Apprentice still draws a huge audience. Martin Saunders explores why our fascination with the series remains...

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    The Ministry of Mr Tumble

    2013-02-14T00:00:00Z

    The ailing children’s TV sector has been single-handedly revived by one man, who drives adults crazy, but is a hero among the under-5s. Martin Saunders on the rise and rise of Justin Fletcher...

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    Master of Manipulation

    2013-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Britain’s most notable illusionist may be a confirmed atheist, but he grew up as a Christian. Martin Saunders asks: Is Derren Brown a dark and dangerous influence on modern culture, or is he shedding vital light on areas of deception – including those within the Church?

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    Have talent shows grown up?

    2013-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Is it possible to breathe new life into a tired old talent show format? Martin Saunders thinks The Voice has pulled it off.

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    Greater than the Sum of its Parts

    2013-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Philosopher Alain de Botton’s new book tries to steal the best bits of religion and leave God behind...

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    God save the King?

    2013-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Everyone will be talking about it over the next few weeks, but how much significance do the nuptials of Wills and Kate actually hold? Martin Saunders gets excited about the wedding of the year...

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    The Hunger Games: A Mirror to the World

    2013-02-14T00:00:00Z

    The Hunger Games has appeared almost from nowhere to become one of the biggest films in recent history. Martin Saunders asks, what does this horrific vision of a fictional future have to say to us about the hidden horrors of our present reality?

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    Rupert Murdoch and the Death of Trust

    2013-02-14T00:00:00Z

    The ‘hackgate’ scandal brought a media tycoon to his knees, and made a society ask, who can we trust? Martin Saunders considers how we as a Church can bring Jesus to a world that has lost faith in everything...

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    The Dark Knight and The Soul

    2013-02-14T00:00:00Z

    It’s the year’s biggest film, and tells the story of a returning messiah. Martin Saunders asks: why do so many major films seem to stumble into the central story of the Christian faith?