About Adam Marshall

Adam Marshall is a Ph.D. student in English at Baylor University, where he reads, researches, and writes about medieval literature and teaches courses in composition . When he's outside of the classroom, though, Adam indulges his inner nerd through gaming (video and pen & paper), pop fantasy novels, and geeking out with his wife Brittany and his two cats, Gwen and Arthur.

3 Ways Gone Home will Surprise and Challenge Christians

If you haven't played The Fullbright Company's Gone Home yet, you need to do so. Now. Seriously. It's that important. Go buy it on Steam. I'll wait.It's downloading? Good. Now, read this.It really is a good time to be a gamer, especially if you care about good storytelling. The last few years have seen a number of important titles likeThe Binding of Isaac, Dear Esther, and Bioshock: Infinite that have pushed players and developers alike to broaden their understandings of how games tell … [Read more...]

Elsewhere: Gregory Wolfe of ‘IMAGE’ is Asking for Your Help

For as long as I've been reading good words, Image has been the journal I've associated with some of the best intersections of art, faith, and mystery. Under the leadership of editor Gregory Wolfe, Image has helped to bring the idea of "religious art" into sharper focus, elevating its discourse and showcasing many of its most poignant exemplars. Unfortunately, Wolfe recently announced that the journal has encountered some financial difficulties as the result of troubles with a business partner. I … [Read more...]

Is “Hookup Culture” Really a Myth?

I’m usually suspicious of the “slippery slope”—that logical fallacy in which the arguer suggests that things just keep getting worse and worse. Most of the time, it’s used as fear tactic to keep genuinely good things from happening.That’s why I was, at first, mildly encouraged by the news that “hookup culture” is evidently a myth. That’s right—according to a paper presented at the American Sociological Association by sociology professor Martin A. Monto, there is “no evidence of substantial ch … [Read more...]

Why Was Pope Francis’s Statement on Gay Priests Misrepresented?

Pope Francis gave a rare interview July 29 in which he received and answered a number of questions from the international press corps, with topics ranging from Vatican bank to Curia reform to women in the priesthood to his handling of recent scandals involving Church officials. If you’ve tuned in to the news cycle, though, you’ve probably only heard one thing about this interview: Pope Francis has apparently come out in favor of gay clergy.Were this actually the case, it might be one of the b … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Patriotism and Christian Engagement

Maybe this is always the case, but it seems like there are a lot of things happening in the public sphere right now that affect Christians deeply (e.g. the DOMA decision, the Texas abortion bill, the alleged beating of Christian protesters at a gay pride rally, etc.). Thankfully, these events  have also spurred many thoughtful believers to ask how to engage passionately in political discourse without transgressing the bounds of neighborly love. On July 4, the folks at Resurgence published this p … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Spiritual Draw of the City

Last night, my wife and I got dressed up, hopped in the car, and took the two-hour drive from Waco to Austin just so that we could be in a city for dinner. I'm not sure I understand why we did it; however, Christianity Today just published an article by Aaron Renn entitled "Why Cities Feel Glorious" that might contain an answer. If you, like me, are drawn to urban centers, consider Renn's words: Suburbs are often unfairly maligned as lacking the qualities that make cities great. But one place … [Read more...]

Booker DeWitt’s Shotgun Baptism and the Tragedy of Cheap Grace in Bioshock Infinite

 If you’ve been tuned into conversations about gaming within the past few months or so, you’ve probably noticed that the Irrational Games Bioshock: Infinite is making a lot of waves. From its fully realized setting to its mind-bending plot, B:I has garnered a lot of critical praise and more than one “best game ever” nod. Of course, there are dissenters like Phil Hartup, who insists that B:I has nothing new to teach us ("What are we really learning here? That racism is bad? That religious … [Read more...]

When Corporations Repent: Accepting Xbox’s Mea Culpa

Immediately following the announcement of Microsoft's Xbox One, many gamers were up in arms about the new system's always-on Internet requirement and resistance to used games. At E3, the Playstation 4 seemed to pull ahead specifically because of the absence of these features. Even so, it was still surprising when yesterday, Don Mattrick, president of interactive entertainment business at Microsoft, released a statement announcing that the Xbox One would drop its 24-hour Internet connection and … [Read more...]

The Retro-Gaming Renaissance and the Democracy of the Dead

 One of the more eccentric showings at this year's E3 was WayForward's Duck Tales: Remastered, a revamp of the old and diabolically difficult NES classic. Capcom released a trailer for the game a few weeks back, making DT:R the latest in a line of recover-and-restore projects currently in development.This movement really started gaining steam around March of 2012, when the old Baldur's Gate Web site went live again with a countdown ticker, eventually leading to the announcement o … [Read more...]