What does Dwight have to tell us about God?

When we think of the intersection of popular culture and faith, some of the most pronounced examples that may come to mind are celebrities speaking out on their personal religion. Whether it's Britney's Southern Baptist roots, the Jonas brother's Evangelicalism, Mel Gibson's Catholicism, or Tom Cruise's Scientology, our celebrities' faiths are often just as much of their image as the way they speak, their wardrobe, or their politics. In many ways, celebrities are our most visual examples of … [Read more...]

Goannatree Reviews Christ and Pop Culture

Anna over at Goannatree has been going through's list of top 100 Theology blogs and doing her own review of the sites on their list. Yesterday she reviewed CAPC: Making the Grade: Scope - A Quality - A- (will it stand the test of time?) Theological Leanings -  … [Read more...]

Being Consumed

"The Other Journal" just posted a review of an interesting book by William Cavanaugh on consumerism and Christianity entitled,  Being Consumed. Here's a few lines that struck me: "Transnational capitalism sells itself as the true catholic order that will bring all of the peoples of the world into a peaceful commercial unity while preserving diversity in the form of choice. This is yet another empty promise. The supposed diversity of global capitalism evacuates all significance from the c … [Read more...]

How Our Brains "Create" God

It always fascinates me how American culture treats science and its ability to give us knowledge. Take Michael Brook's article in the New Scientist entitled, "Born Believers: How Your Brain Creates God."  Brooks explores some new research being done on how religion could have evolved. Challenging the common hypothesis that religion offers some competitive advantage, Brooks cites various scientists who argue that religion is hardwired. Specifically, all humans have a "common-sense" belief in mind/ … [Read more...]

RetroPost: The Science of Violence in Mice and Men

In RetroPost, we feature a post from at least one year ago (ancient in pop culture time). The posts are featured because they have some relevance to current happenings, because they are timeless in nature and speak to a relevant issue, or because we plan on providing a follow-up in an upcoming post.This Week: The scientists are at it again, releasing studies this time about the dangers of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. We've covered before the benefits and dangers of … [Read more...]

"Is this appealing?" Overstreet questions Tarantino's latest trailer

At his Looking Closer, Jeffrey Overstreet asks some interesting questions about the way Tarantino's new movie is marketed. … [Read more...]

"No Logo"-Santiago Ramos Muses about a Pepsi ad over on the Image blog

Santiago Ramos muses about the use of "hope" in a Pepsi ad in his post titled "No Logo" at The IMAGE Blog: I can’t quite pin down why I can’t stand Pepsi’s new “Refresh Everything” ad campaign, which makes commercial use of the nation’s bad luck and blue mood by making happy, colorful signs with positive words on them. Every morning, I walk past buses with “JOY,” “TOGETHER,” and, most annoyingly, “OPTIMISMMM” emblazoned on their sides, like giant metal cows branded by a giant valley girl. … [Read more...]

Peter J. Leithart on Honey and Glory

Peter J. Leithart examines Proverbs 25:27-28 and discusses the difference between the sweet honey of pop culture and the burdensome weight of challenging entertainment or art. … [Read more...]

Left 4 Dead and Relearning "Gaming"

Cooperative gaming has been around for a long time, from Gauntlet in the arcade to Double Dragon on the NES. The draw of this style of gameplay is that you can play with a friend (as opposed to taking turns) in a non-competitive way. If you have a friend over who has never played Halo multiplayer, you can always play split screen co-op through the campaign and both have a good time. In addition to "story" or "campaign" co-op, modern multiplayer games usually include a "team" mode which … [Read more...]

John Updike, prize-winning writer, dead at age 76 – Yahoo! News

John Updike, prize-winning writer, dead at age 76 - Yahoo! News. … [Read more...]