The Devil’s Advocate in the first episode of “You, Me and the Apocalypse” (TV series)

What image comes up to your mind when you hear the term the Devil’s advocate? How about a chain-smoking, swearing Catholic priest, named Jude? That’s exactly what Rob Lowe plays in the new comedy “You, Me and the Apocalypse”.


I am grateful for the show that it introduces and explains the historical origin of the term “Devil’s Advocate” to the masses but I wish it would have been more precise. Here is the one thing that wasn’t fully accurate: The office of the “Promoter of the Faith”, i.e. “promotor fidei”(, which in common language is known as the Devil’s Advocate) was not abolished by Pope John Paul II in 1983. Therefore it couldn’t have been reinstated now as the show suggests. The other important elements that was said about it was true though:

  • The term indeed refers to the lawyer, whose role is to be skeptical during the canonization process in the Catholic church and try to disprove that the person in question was a saint, i.e. thoroughly good and performed miracles.
  • It is also a fact that Pope John Paul changed the process in 1983 in a way that resulted in many more beautification.

The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age If you really want to dig into this I recommend John Thavis The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age. Meanwhile I recommend the show to see how the young nun, who becomes the researcher for Devil’s Advocate, does her job.

The show on IMDB, Facebook and Wikipedia

Summary from IMDB: When a group of ordinary people learn that an eight-mile wide comet is on a collision course with Earth, they hunker beneath the town of Slough to watch the end of the world on television.

Human | Religion | Faith

Humanity dictates how a person defines his life regardless of where he is born and what religion he follows.

An interview crew reaches an orphanage to take an interview of the founder. Soon they notice a boy who is sitting all alone, they try to talk to him but he doesn’t respond. Soon they follow the guy and find out some thing about him, which touches their heart. Watch this touching short film to be touched by a beautiful emotion.

Cast & Crew: Director: Dhaval Singh
Music / Sound: Vinit Shah
Editor: Dhaval Singh
Cinematographer: Rushabh Buricha
Actors: Hitesh Purohit, Rishika Bhavnani, Rushabh Buricha, Dhaval Singh, Jaynu Bhanushali

God as the father of angels in Dominion (tv show)

Is God considered the “father” of the angels or just their creator? If the latter why do they talk about God in the TV show Dominion, as children talk about a lost parent? I have several answers for that question, but meanwhile want to explore the Jewish and Christian theological answers too. Before going into that here is a shortened version of the synopsis from wikipedia for the series:

God vanishes and in his absence the archangel Gabriel and his army of lower angels wage war against mankind, believing them to be the cause of God’s absence. Twenty-five years later, mankind survives in a few fortified cities. The Archangel Michael has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel, living among humans in the fortified city of Vega (once Las Vegas) until the time a prophesied savior appears to save mankind.

In the (Hebrew) Bible the primary function of angels is to be messengers (“malach“) and are without physical form or gender. In the Torah, the five books of Moses, not a single one of them is named, although later books mention names: Gabriel in Daniel 9:20 and “Michael, one of the chief princes” in Daniel 10:13.

Here are my answers to the original question.

1. In the Bible the genderless angels, who do not have their own will either, never refer to God as their father. In the show In the TV show they are definitely male and there are positively female angels too (see picture). If the angels became gendered and anthropomorphized then why not give them a male father, instead of a neutral creator, even if the latter was all powerful.

Female angel

2. Fathers and their children is a main theme of this TV show. There is David the ruthless politician, who left his son, William, to be killed in the desert. There is Claire, whose father is General Riesen a rather imperfect soldier. And finally the same Claire almost becomes the mother of a child by Alex, the “chosen one.” If the major human characters of the show struggle with their fathers and children why not balance it by showing how angels suffer and long for their absent father.

3. Speaking of longing: the angels language of speaking of God is reminiscent of Jesus’ famous words, (coming from Psalm 22;1): “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This evokes the concept of  Jesus, son of God, but also the Holy Trinity. Angels may not fit directly into either, but for a TV show it is enough to build emotional or conceptual links, doesn’t need to be theologically accurate.

Any other takes?


My Life, My Religion: Hinduism

What does it mean to be a Hindu? 14-year-old Simran explains all about her religion, Hinduism, in this Learning Zone programme for primary school children.

Simran loves music and photography, and spending time with her younger brother Vraj. Simran and Vraj tell us all about the festival of Raksha Bandhan that celebrates the love between siblings. During the Hindu festival of Diwali, Simran and Vraj make rangoli patterns and at Holi they cover one another in colourful paints. Simran tells us all about the traditions that take place at Hindu weddings.

Simran’s younger brother, 11-year-old Vraj, tells us all about the different Hindu gods and tells us how he worships God both at home and at the Mandir.

Meanwhile, Simran meets with her friends to share stories about pilgrimages they have been on to important Hindu religious sites.

My Life, My Religion: Hinduism is one of a series of programmes aimed at Key Stage 2 Religious Studies.

Hebrew Death in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 3, Episode 1)

This post contains a spoiler: In the latest episode of the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The character Leo is looking for something again that might give a clue on how to save his friend. Other members of his team believe she is gone but he still keeps going after clues. This time he visits some bad people in Morocco in the hope of exchanging a modern weapon for an ancient artifact. After the deal goes down and he gets and opens up the wrapped up cylinder Leo finds a piece of old-looking parchment with a simple word on it. The word is not encouraging for his quest of the lost friend: According to him it is “death” in Hebrew. I have to admit though the that middle of the three letters looked like a Resh and not like Vav to me, which would make the word’s meaning either “bitter” or “Mrs.” The latter would forebode better as he loves the lost friend and companion. I hope that in later episodes of the season we learn whether this has any significance. Decide for yourself, here is the screenshot of the word.

Death? in Hebrew


Judge The Individual Not The Religion

Is religion the only parameter to categorize human being? A noir drama with social message. Judge The Individual Not The Religion

Cast & Crew: Director: Yogesh chiplunkar
Music / Sound: Pritam Kale
Editor: Nizamuddin Tolan
Cinematographer: Yogesh chiplunkar
Actors: Tahir Bhasin, Soham Jadhav, Shantanu Jadhav, Suvarna Jadhav

A Better Life: Out Author-Filmmaker Chris Johnson Is Spreading The Word About Atheism

A Better LifeNew York-based author Chris Johnson insists he never had any issue with being an atheist nor a gay man. But when he saw the impact religious orthodoxy was having on his queer friends, he became inspired to create a book of photographs of and interviews with various prominent atheists.

The result, A Better Life, has been drawing attention and enthusiastic reviews since its release last year. Johnson, a film-school graduate and theatre enthusiast, followed up with a documentary film of the same name, in which he talks to a cross-section of atheists about their philosophy and how being godless has left them no less fulfilled or intact as people.

Adrenaline (Simpkins, 2015)

Adrenaline If you are not already predisposed to like Christian movies, nothing here will change your mind. That said, every class of films, even in genres you don’t like, have better or worse examples. In terms of writing, acting, and production values, Adrenaline is closer to a television movie than a feature-film, but–and this is meant as a hard earned compliment, not a back-handed one–a competent television movie.

The film’s protagonist is Joseph Jenkins, a young racer who is paralyzed from the waist down as the result of an accident. (The accident itself looked like it might have been animation or shot with a scale model, because the car flips way too many times, but it is still encouraging to see Christian productions dabbling in special effects for key scenes.) In the hospital he is befriended by a physical therapist (young, gorgeous, and female, of course) and another patient (old, African-American, and spiritually Yodaish, of course).


Richard Gere: Buddhism calms me

Richard Gere uses Buddhism to “dominate” the anger that used to plague him.

The 66-year-old star became interested in the religion when he began asking big questions about the universe and science as a young man. His 15-year-old son Homer is currently considering the same things, and Richard wonders if he might embrace spirituality too.

Buddhism has taught me to look inside myself more deeply, to worry less and less about the opinions of others and to share the pain and the joy or other human beings. It’s also been very helpful in enabling me to dominate the anger I carried with me as a young man. If I get angry, I run the risk of hurting someone’s feelings and I can’t forgive myself on the rare occasions when I allow that to happen,” he told British magazine Hello!

Not Exactly Sci-Fi, Z for Zachariah Is a Slow but Insightful Film

Z for ZachariahThere is a reason a lot of the seemingly monthly religious movies aren’t reviewed by a majority of critics. It isn’t that they are poorly made movies—although A LOT of them are—it’s the fact that they make it very clear that they’re not meant to be consumed as popular entertainment by the widest possible audiences.

Most are marketed purely to religious organizations and suggested as possible church outings. Just this past weekend, we had War Room, which was advertised as having group rates. Many do well their first week (War Room was number two at the box office) by marketing their films this way. What’s unfortunate, however, is while a lot of these movies are marketed and made to appeal to specific religious groups, using popular entertainment to openly explore religious conversations and debate rarely will have the same success rate. One of the best shows on TV right now, Rectify, is one of the most thoughtful shows about religion and faith, and it barely has an audience. Likewise, Z for Zachariah, which is interested in this kind of debate, hid the religious aspects of its story in trailers, likely out of concern that it would ultimately keep audiences away.