About Alan Noble

(Co-Founder/Editor/Columnist) is a part-time lecturer at Baylor University. He received his PhD in Contemporary American Literature from Baylor, writing on manifestations of transcendence in 20th Century American Lit. He and his family attend Redeemer Waco, a PCA church. Alan's passion is studying how believers can be a faithful presence in culture to the glory of God and the edification of others. In addition to editing, Alan writes his column, Citizenship Confusion for CaPC.

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Authenticating Ourselves to Death

"The only transcendence that remains is that of oneself over oneself, that of an authentic ego over an inauthentic one" --Luc Ferry, Man Made God. J.D. Salinger may be the quintessential American author of the "authentic." His most well-known character, Holden Caulfield, is obsessed with a "phony" world in which no one values innocence and sincerity, where people love bad movies and ignore true moments of beauty. This obsession has been the source of derision and popularity for The Catcher in … [Read more...]

How “Happy Days” Made Me (Horrible)

We went for a hike, alone. I felt pretty good about it--very cool and in control. I was about a year older than her, about 15, and even though I wasn't particularly attracted to her, I was committed to seeing this little excursion through and making out by the end of the hike. I honestly felt I would be doing her a favor. She wasn't going to do much better than me. And it really didn't mean anything--it was just something fun you could do together. So we walked out into the desert behind her h … [Read more...]

Culture Warriors Crying Wolf

Soon after publishing deceptive stories on the two cases of VA hospitals allegedly banning religious expressions of Christmas, Todd Starnes reported that a California elementary school teacher "allegedly confiscated a six-year-old child’s Christmas candy canes and told him 'Jesus is not allowed in school.'" Although Starnes correctly used the word "allegedly" to denote that we don't actually know for certain if this is an accurate account of what happened, he clearly and snarkily assumes it as fa … [Read more...]

A Life of Two Stories: An Interview with Joshua Kemble

To give you a taste of the kind of content found in each issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, each day for the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down our ten favorite features from the magazine in 2013, allowing you the rare opportunity to read each exclusive magazine feature in full. For more features like this, download the magazine for iPad and iPhone from Apple’s Newstand.Number 5: Alan Noble interviews graphic novelist Joshua Kemble about his conversion, his art, and how and why he … [Read more...]

How Christ and Pop Culture Serves the Church

Christ and Pop Culture regularly finds itself in an unpopular position, receiving criticism from conservative evangelicals one day and from liberal evangelicals the next. We try to consider each critique and weigh its merits without overwhelming ourselves with the never-ceasing criticism of internet culture. And we do this not because we want our readers to love us, but because we love our readers.A few readers have complained about a perceived anti-conservative bias on our site, or that we … [Read more...]

Todd Starnes Sold Us a War on Christianity. We Bought It.

The media is filled with lies and liars. We all know this, so there's no need for us to point out every lie told online. But some lies and some liars need to be called out. And when a liar identifies with my community--conservative evangelicals--and tells lies to my community repeatedly and without apology, influencing hundreds of thousands of people, that needs to be addressed.Last week, Todd Starnes at FOX News published two articles on anti-Christian discrimination at Veterans … [Read more...]

How the Grinch Graced Christmas

This Christmas my daughter saw How The Grinch Stole Christmas! for the first time. We'd read the book to her several times in the months leading up to Christmas, but I knew that however evocatively I read Dr. Seuss's classic holiday tale to Nora, it would pale in comparison to Boris Karloff's masterful narration over the animation of the legendary Chuck Jones. When we watched it together at my parents house this week, I'm not sure she was as enamored with it as I was. I came away from the … [Read more...]

Moving Images: Interpreting Film In Spirit and Truth

Maybe more than any other people group, Christians believe that stories shape people, making us suspicious about the pernicious influence of non-Christian stories and eager to use our own stories for evangelism and discipleship. This posture towards stories is understandable. Our Savior was the Word. Our Holy Scriptures are one great narrative comprised of a myriad of smaller ones. Christ used stories extensively in His teaching.In earlier centuries, Christians worried about the harmful … [Read more...]

The Knockout Game Myth and its Racist Roots

"Groups of black youths roam the streets looking for a solitary pedestrian, preferably white (hence the alternate name 'polar-bearing') but Asian or Hispanic will do. The trick is to knock him to the ground with a single punch. . . . Widely available video exists of almost all Knockout incidents, since the really cool thing is to have your buddies film it and upload it to YouTube. And it’s so simple to do in an age when every moronic savage has his own 'smart phone.'" --Mark Steyn, National Re … [Read more...]

How to Revitalize Young Conservatives: Don’t Pal Around with Fools

Like many evangelicals of my generation, I'm trying to reorient my political vision after a childhood spent under the dysfunctional influence of far-right religious conservatism. Growing up, Rush Limbaugh was on the car radio and voting Democrat was a sin. For some, this reorientation has led to a wholesale rejection of conservative positions on life, the power of the federal government, and our rights and freedoms. Others have sought to rethink what it ought to mean to be conservative, what … [Read more...]