Fate and Free Will at the Movies

Running from fate … or something

In this month when FemmeFuel examines issues of luck, destiny, fate and faith, we’re intrigued by a new movie coming out this Friday: The Adjustment Bureau, a romantic thriller starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, and directed by George Nolfi

“Is the course of your life solely a result of your choice, or are there other, larger forces at work? These are questions theologians and philosophers have been debating for centuries. And these are the questions at the heart of this romantic thriller.” –Camerin Courtney. Click here to read Courtney’s review of The Adjustment Bureau in Christianity Today.

Another terrific movie to watch on-demand or on DVD is 2008 Academy Award winner, Slumdog Millionaire, which heavily tackles the concept of destiny. Read how Christ and Pop Culture considers God’s divine design, in the backdrop of this compelling award-winner.

Love Had Come…at the Wrong Time?

By now, many of you have probably heard the story about that infamous couple, Carol Anne Riddell and John Partilla—each of whom had spouses and kids, but threw that all away when they laid eyes on each other at school…the same school where their kids attended. The story brought all sorts of criticism and anger by Internet posters, bloggers and critics on the morning show circuit.

As we can see all around us, couples divorce and families split up all the time. However, this story appeared to strike a sensitive chord, as this couple chose to publicize their newly-found romance in the New York Times’ Vows section. The Vows section traditionally highlights personal stories of love, romance and wedded bliss, and their story ostensibly fits the bill. Except that, this story manages to ignore the pain and consequences their families suffered, after this couple decided to go head-first into pursuing their “happily ever after.”

Check out Gina Dalfonzo’s article in Christianity Today’s women’s blog, Her.meneutics, where she discusses their story and how we need to flee from temptation—even when everything within us seems to be telling us otherwise.

Have you ever experienced temptation of this sort in your marriage? Would you be willing to share with us how you overcame or gave into those feelings?

Chinese Mom? American Mom? Godly Mom?


Many of you paid close attention to the drama that unfolded last week when Amy Chua’s article was featured in the Wall Street Journal about, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior.” Pros and cons in the debate between Eastern vs. Western methods of parenting were amplified all throughout the web. However, silent in these exchanges were what kind of parenting style was God’s preferred style.

The Christianity Today women’s blog, Her.meneutics, recently provided some insight as to what God might think of this discussion. What kind of parent will you be transformed into this year? Check it out…