Yawn… Your Mom Hates "Dead Space 2"

Dead Space 2 -- the sequel to the acclaimed sci-fi/horror/survival game -- is here, and the PR machine is in high gear. For example, an article in the most recent issue of Wired covered the research and ingenious methods that went into making the infected humans that serve as the game's cannon fodder as disgusting as possible. But that's nothing compared to the game's latest advertising campaign, entitled "Your Mom Hates Dead Space 2".As part of the campaign, EA has released several videos … [Read more...]

The Most Popular Posts of 2010: #7 – The Problem With the "What the *Bleep* Church"

Perhaps you saw this photo on Facebook or Twitter: a church had hung three brightly colored banners over its front door that read "Worship", "Teaching", and "Friends". When put together they created that most (in)famous of Internet acronyms.As someone who graduated with a degree in advertising, and whose day job is at a marketing firm, I'm probably more sensitive than most to marketing -- especially marketing that may be beyond the pale, or at the very least, embarrassing and even potentially … [Read more...]

When Christians Listen to Rap

I like First Things' "On The Square" blog quite a bit. Even when I disagree with an article there, I still find it well-written, nuanced, and thought-provoking. But then I come across an article like Christopher Walker's "Be Wary What You Listen To" and I just have to shake my head.Walker, a secondary school teacher, asked his students to introduce him to songs that they "deemed worthy of appreciation" (an interesting exercise and one that I think more adults ought to do from time to time). … [Read more...]

So you're having a baby: Parenting tips from CaPC

Our very own Drew Dixon recently announced to the rest of the CaPC staff that he and his wife are expecting their first child. So first off, congratulations and blessings to them. This article, which I'm posting with his permission, grew out of his request for advice from those of us on the CaPC staff who are parents.I have two boys, ages 1 and almost 3, and they are honestly the greatest treasures in my life. I love watching them grow and develop as actual individuals, not to mention sharing … [Read more...]

Grilled Cheesus or the Absent God?

Timothy Dalrymple asks: My doctoral dissertation was devoted to Kierkegaard, and among the manifold influences on Kierkegaard were the German Romantics. The German Romantics had a tendency to examine literary and dramatic genres in terms of the worldviews they expressed, and Kierkegaard picked this up. So ancient tragedy was not merely a genre; it reflected a particular way of dealing with reality, a particular way of living in the world, and a set of beliefs and values came along with it. One … [Read more...]

Outraged at Amazon?

Oh the irony! One minute, I was singing the praises of Amazon after receiving notice that my copies of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Absence of Mind were shipping several days earlier than expected, and the next, I was wondering if I would ever be able to purchase from the online retailer again without somehow endangering my immortal soul.The cause of my sudden moral crisis? Shortly after the shipping confirmation arrived in my inbox, I came across several articles revealing that Amazon was, … [Read more...]

The Problem With the "What The *Bleep* Church"

Perhaps you saw this photo on Facebook or Twitter: a church had hung three brightly colored banners over its front door that read "Worship", "Teaching", and "Friends". When put together they created that most (in)famous of Internet acronyms.As someone who graduated with a degree in advertising, and whose day job is at a marketing firm, I'm probably more sensitive than most to marketing -- especially marketing that may be beyond the pale, or at the very least, embarrassing and even potentially … [Read more...]

Entering into a film like a child

Filmwell's Ron Reed discusses an interesting way of looking at movies: Sister Rose Pacatte writes for the National Catholic Reporter. In her recent article Seeds of the Gospel in Cinemashe talks about cinema divina – a practice of watching film as a spiritual discipline, derived from lectio divina. She mentions Father Benedict Auer’s article “Video Divina: A Benedictine Approach to Spiritual Viewing,” in which he writes “Video divina requires a set disposition which says, ‘This evening, I wish to … [Read more...]

"Say Goodbye" by Liz Janes: Wrestling With God

Chances are, when most people hear of Asthmatic Kitty Records they immediately think of Sufjan Stevens, and understandably so. Stevens is indie music's resident wunderkind, with a string of critically acclaimed releases to his name (two of which came out this year). What's more, Asthmatic Kitty Records is Sufjan's baby in part -- he started the label with his stepfather, Lowell Brams, in 1998.Asthmatic Kitty Records, however, boasts a wealth of talent that often gets overshadowed by the … [Read more...]

Makoto Fujimura: "A Letter to North American Churches"

Acclaimed artist Makoto Fujimura has written "A Letter to North American Churches" regarding the often contentious relationship between artists and the church. You began to believe in the late 18th century that we needed rational categories, to try to protect “faith” from “reason.” Reason began to win the battle in this false dichotomy. As a consequence, you began to suspect the mystery of our being and the miraculous presence of God behind the visible. What you call “Secularism” is your own offs … [Read more...]


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