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New Calvinism – In many Southern Baptist churches there is a revival of interest in Calvinism, the strict theology of the 16th century reformer John Calvin, whose beliefs had great influence on colonial America. Gradually, since then, Calvinism’s emphasis on sin and pre-destination gave way to other beliefs, but now, as Bob Faw reports, Calvinism’s absolute certainty is attracting new followers, especially among young people.
Biblical Epics – 2014 has been called Hollywood’s year of Biblical epics. From Son of God to Noah and others to come, top film makers are tackling Bible stories. Many are already reaping box office rewards. But what are the potential pitfalls? Kim Lawton went to Los Angeles to talk with Noah director Darren Aronofsky, Son of God producer Mark Burnett, film actors and analysts about the challenges of adopting sacred stories for the big screen.