Paths of Glory: Virtue in the Face of Consequence


Few movies affect me on an emotional level enough to stop and re-evaluate my own perspective in life. One of those films, is Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory. In life we try to justify what is fair through our own virtues. It’s is how we face the conequences of our actions that defines our integrity. In just eighty seven minutes, Kubrick tackles the topic of situational ethics and facing unfair consequences with perfection through the eyes of French soldiers in World War One.

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Should Christians Watch War Movies?

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Today is Memorial Day.  That means a lot of things to Americans, most of them smothered in ketchup and mustard.  We tend to forget what the day is really about.  I’ve not personally known someone who’s died in a war, but my father, father-in-law, and one of my brothers-in-law are veterans, so from them I have some level of appreciation for what soldiers go through, even though I admit that my impression likely doesn’t grasp the gravity of it.  It’s their sacrifices that brought a question to my mind: should Christians reject war movies, some of which have themes of sacrifice and heroism, based only on their violent content?

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