Notorious

Notorious (1946) Director: Alfred Hitchcock There are two films that defined the career of Ingrid Bergman: Casablanca (1940) and Notorious (1946). In some ways, Notorious, is a natural introduction to Hitchcock's later classic spy thriller, North By Northwest.  The film's title refers to the "notorious" reputation of Alicia Huberman (Bergman) whose father is a convicted Nazi spy at the outset. … Continue reading Notorious

Arrowsmith: A Pulitzer Controversy and A Satire of American Medicine

Arrowsmith takes place within the same universe as Sinclair Lewis's other memorable novels. The main character, Martin, hails from the fictional Midwestern state of Winnemac (also found in Babbit, Elmer Gantry, and Dodsworth). The book follows the story of Dr. Martin Arrowsmith and his rise from struggling as a medical student, to becoming a successful doctor. His lifelong … Continue reading Arrowsmith: A Pulitzer Controversy and A Satire of American Medicine

Discord in the Early Church: Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians

Notes on Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians: Paul's Call for Order and Love In Paul's first epistle to the small, fledgling Church in Corinth, his reason for writing the letter is infighting within the church. A house of "Chloe" has informed Paul that there is major disagreement in Corinth. The tone of the first … Continue reading Discord in the Early Church: Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians

The Law in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans

The Book of Romans is one of the more consequential epistles written by Paul because it directly engages with questions pertaining to political philosophy, rather than simply theological questions. The letter, Paul's longest, appears to have been written to the Jews of Rome who were conflicted about whether or not to follow "The Way" while … Continue reading The Law in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans