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Tim Hetherington's Diary
The short film that showed where he was going as a director.
By Dana Stevens
Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 9:34 PM ET

Tim Hetherington. Click image to expand.Tim Hetherington, the British director and conflict photographer who was killed Wednesday while filming rebel violence in Libya, didn't make war documentaries in the traditional sense of the word. His Oscar-nominated 2010 film Restrepo, co-directed with Sebastian Junger, doesn't aim to instruct you about the objectives or strategy of the war in Afghanistan (the way, for example, that Charles Ferguson's excellent No End in Sight briefed viewers on the events that led to the disintegration of Iraq's infrastructure shortly after the 2003 invasion). Rather, Restrepo hurls the viewer into the chaotic, sometimes boring, then suddenly terrifying daily life of one Army unit during its 15-month deployment in the Korengal Valley, known in the military as one of the most dangerous postings in the world.

Freed from the explanatory voice-overs and talking-head experts that serve as the structuring principles of Frontline-style combat docs, the viewer of Restrepo is forced to assume the point of view of one the unit's soldiers: confused, disoriented, afraid of what might be coming next. There are scenes in Restrepo that are terrifying less for what happens in them than for their sense that anything could happen.

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Sensing the divine through creation

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  

Genesis 1:1

It’s a reality in our world today that much of evangelism is spent debating the foundational assumption that God exists.  But it’s interesting that the Bible never argues for the existence of God. The Bible asserts God and assumes God. It begins with the sublime, but simple words, “In the beginning, God…!”

As you read the Scriptures, you’ll find no philosophical argument for God. Why? Because you can’t find God in a syllogism. It is impossible for any line of reasoning alone to lead anyone to a belief in God because God will always be explained away by the mind that refuses to believe what it cannot see.

Then why, in the history of anthropology, has there never been a people group discovered who are inherently and historically atheistic? I’ll tell you, because people do see God in the evidence of the things that he has made—his creation!

The Bible only gives one half of one verse to the atheist, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). It’s saying that any person can look at the things that God has made and know that he exists!

Everyone in the world has some spark of divine belief by simply looking at creation. So when you interact with those who don’t believe in God, remember that even if they don’t acknowledge him, they have a sense of him through what he has made. So love them and trust God to do the rest!



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