Writings by Cole Huffman

Category: Christ and Culture

Test the Spirits

The filmmaker Oliver Stone once said in an interview he didn’t want integrity blocking his creative growth. He wanted the freedom to spin stories as he willed. One of his most famous movies, JFK (1991), presented a conspiratorial version of the Kennedy assassination that is still widely accepted by many viewers. It becomes easier to accept unconventional explanations (“alternative facts”) for tragedies, controversies, and other cultural traumas when you believe you are... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jan 20
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The News

“Societies become modern . . . when news replaces religion as our central source of guidance and our touchstone of authority. In the developed economies, the news now occupies a position of power at least equal to that formerly enjoyed by the faiths. . . We approach it with some of the same deferential expectations we would have harbored for the faiths. Here, too, we hope to receive revelations, learn who is good and bad, fathom suffering and understand the unfolding logic of existence.... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Aug 26
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You May Be Right

One of my housemates in college wore a T-shirt with the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” on it:   “Yes, 'n' how many years can a mountain exist Before it is washed to the sea? Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist Before they're allowed to be free? Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head And pretend that he just doesn't see? The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind ... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jun 25
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