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Joseph Fiennes in 'Risen.'

WATCH LIST: February 2016

By Observer Staff


Risen
DIRECTED BY KEVIN REYNOLDS, STARRING JOSEPH FIENNES, PETER FIRTH AND TOM FELTON
(LD Entertainment)


After Jesus’ crucifixion, Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a Roman officer and non-believer, is ordered to find the missing corpse and thereby refute reports of a risen messiah. While an uprising in Jerusalem looms, he and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) search the city, facing ever-growing doubts and questions about their own understanding of faith. Feb. 19

The High Mountains of Portugal
BY YANN MARTEL
(Knopf Canada)


Canadian author Yann Martel returns with an enthralling novel that weaves storytelling with the wisdom and heart that made his Life of Pi an international bestseller. In The High Mountains of Portugal, three narratives separated by time culminate in a northern Portuguese village. A young man, a widowed pathologist and a Canadian senator search for personal and transcendent meaning while a strange treasure leads the way. Feb. 2

Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran
BY LAURA SECOR
(Penguin Canada)


Veteran journalist Laura Secor provides an essential elucidation of the political and historical status of the first radical theocracy in modern times. While the West sees Iran as a threat, Secor shows how, within its borders, religious thinkers, politicians, journalists and activists wrestled for a brighter future for their country, often risking their lives for their hopes and beliefs. Feb. 2

Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy
BY JOHN SHELBY SPONG
(HarperCollins)


Through an exploration of the Gospel of Matthew, Bishop John Shelby Spong, a leading voice of progressive Christianity and author of Why Christianity Must Change or Die, proposes that a literal understanding of the Gospels is in fact a form of heresy. A historically enlightening read, Biblical Literalism examines how the Gospel stories can be understood and embraced in a modern world. Feb. 16



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