RetroPost: Fallout 3 & The Challenge of a Gaming Morality

RetroPost is a weekly repost of an older Christ and Pop Culture that has some relevance to current pop culture events or releases.This Week: With today's release of Fallout: New Vegas, it's worth considering the nature of moral systems within games and their implications.In the last two generations of gaming systems, the inclusion of a moral system which affects plot and character has become a prominent feature in many games.  The simple version of this gameplay feature offers the player … [Read more...]

Making Games of War

The latest videogame to renew the classic argument about violence and desensitization is EA's Medal of Honor, which allows players to take on the role of soldiers fighting in Afghanistan in the recent past. In addition to the question of whether or not it is appropriate to base a game on a war that is currently being fought, some have rejected to the way the multiplayer game will allow you to take on the role of a Taliban fighter. Chris Suellentrop has a very informative and fairly thorough … [Read more...]

Haggling with Hawking

This Tuesday, Stephen Hawking's new book The Grand Design was released and has made some waves on blogs and various news sources. It appears that Hawking makes a claim in his new book that there is no need for God since we can explain the origins of the universe through natural laws. James Anderson, an assistant professor at Reformed Theological Seminary at Charlotte, has written a compelling and thoughtful response to Hawking's argument on his blog: If Hawking thinks there is some law or … [Read more...]

Mosquerading as the Truth: The (near) Ground Zero "Mosque" and Political Rhetoric

A few days ago I (and the rest of her Twitter followers) was asked by Sarah Palin via a Twitter post to view the following video:In the last two weeks I've read many insightful articles and arguments about this Mosque Community Center at near Ground Zero. And my purpose here is not to rehash those arguments. For those interested, let me suggest this article by Steve Chapman called Republicans for Religious Freedom and the recent New York Times article on Feisal Abdul, the Imam who is f … [Read more...]

Ministries of Mercy and Cultural Barriers

One of the surprising aspects of my (slow and only by God's Grace) growth as a Christian is how often the Holy Spirit convicts me of mindsets that  I have taken up from my culture, mindsets that are so deeply rooted that it feels very uncomfortable for me to acknowledge them and change. I'd much rather be convicted about lying than a part of my foundational worldview any day. Changing part of the basic way you view the world is painful, and often feels wrong even when it is right. For example, … [Read more...]

The Ethics of Reality in Inception

One common thread in many viewers' reactions to Inception has been to view the film's ending as an endorsement of the belief that what ultimately matters is what we believe to be real, our own reality, not what is actually real.Whether or not Cob's totem topples is irrelevant--so this line of reasoning goes--as long as in his reality he is able to go home to his children and forgive himself for his role in his wife's suicide. While the moving image of Cob hugging his children in the final shot … [Read more...]

When All Else Fails, Shop?

It’s Saturday afternoon. In the morning, my wife and I tidied up the house a bit and did some laundry. I took the dog out. She took a jog. I read a novel for an hour and she crocheted. We ate lunch, did the dishes, and then sat down to check Facebook. All week we had been in and out of the house, running errands, working, going to school. It should have felt nice to have "nothing to do,” to be at home for once with no where to go. But we both felt it. I showed the first signs by snapping at Bri … [Read more...]

The Call of Duty Endowment and Veterans

According to a Joystiq report, The Call of Duty Endowment ran a charity drive through their Facebook page last month. For every person who "Likes" the C.O.D.E. Facebook page, they will donate $1 "to assist veterans with finding employment once they leave the service."First off, let me say that I'm glad that there are groups seeking to help veterans find work. And I believe that the Call of Duty games (specifically Modern Warfare 1 and 2) were well made multiplayer games (I couldn't make … [Read more...]

The Bible as You've Never Seen it Before

Hollywood’s New Plan to Lure in the Christian Audience: The Bible As 3-D Blockbuster … [Read more...]

The Tennessean's list of companies that are "rooted in Christianity"

The Tennessean presents a list of companies that are "rooted in Christianity." The post features the usual companies: Chick-Fil-A, In-N-Out, Hobby Lobby, and a few that hardly seem to count since they primarily sell Christian products: Thomas Nelson and and Lifeway. Lists like this raise all kinds of questions:What is the purpose of listing companies who are "rooted in Christianity"? Should I be compelled to buy a greasy Chick-Fil-A "sandwich" just because they are closed on Sundays? What … [Read more...]