ELSEWHERE: Check Out Jay Tholen’s Latest Album, “The Low Drone of Earth”

Longtime Christ and Pop Culture favorite Jay Tholen has released a new album, titled The Low Drone of Earth, and it's one of the best things he's done to date. The darkly psychedelic album tells the story of a young lad who sets off to explore the world along with his robot best friend, with tragic results. Recommended if you like The Flaming Lips, Animal Collective, or Soul-Junk. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Wes Anderson Bible

If Wes Anderson wrote the Bible it would sound like this. This is officially one of my new favorite things on the Internet. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: More Evidence Of The Military’s Sexual Assault Problem

Sexual assault is a significant problem within our military, as Lauren Rambo discussed earlier this year. And two recent events serve only as reminders of just how big the problem is. Wired recently acquired a copy of an Air Force brochure on sexual assault that states that, in some cases, it's better to submit to the attacker. And earlier this week, the Air Force's chief of sexual prevention was arrested and charged with sexual battery. The Pentagon estimates that 26,000 cases of sexual assault … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: How Many Philosophers Believe in God?

Two philosophers recently surveyed nearly 2,000 of their fellow thinkers and asked them what they believe when it came to God, free will, moral judgment... and zombies, among other things. (But not those kind of zombies.) The full results can be found here. (Spoiler: 72.8% of those surveyed hold to atheism.) … [Read more...]

Can A Psychopath’s Brain Teach Us Anything About Justice?

Let's say you read about a man who had broken into an apartment and, upon being surprised by a young woman living there, proceeded to rape her and then stab her to death. What should happen to him? I doubt anyone would say that he doesn't deserve the full extent of the law -- if not the death penalty, then at least a life sentence in the harshest, most secure prison available to prevent him from ever hurting another soul.But what if you found out that this same man had grown up in a terrible … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Regarding The Brilliance of “Parks and Recreation”

Parks and Recreation has recently replaced Community -- which, let's be honest, has had a very disappointing fourth season -- as my favorite TV comedy, and Matt Zoller Seitz does a good job of explaining why. Basically, it all comes down to the fact that "[no] current sitcom does a better job of making simple decency seem integral to the fullest enjoyment of life." Also, it features an epic filibuster by Patton Oswalt regarding the plot of Star Wars: Episode VII. … [Read more...]

Quitting The Internet Won’t Make You A Better Person

Several weeks ago, I wrote that there are times when I'd like to see the Internet burn to the ground. The event that I describe in that article, and the resulting controversy, vitriol, and hatred, might lead you to think that there's something off-kilter about the Internet itself. That maybe the amount to which we put ourselves online is having deleterious effects, and that if we spent a little more time offline, we might be better off as people.There may be some truth to that -- much has … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The Complete Guide To Identifying Hipsters

Trying to define how, exactly, to identify a hipster can be difficult. Fortunately, the folks at The Awl have posted this comprehensive list of hipster attributes culled straight from the pages of that most official guide to all that is hip, The New York Times. Potential hipster attributes include "bunchy blouses", "cardigans" (which should make our editor-in-chief very happy), "gaunt people in tight clothes", "oversized lumber-jack shirts", and -- my favorite -- "raffishly trimmed whiskers". … [Read more...]

The Great Need For Wisdom In International Adoptions

Within the last few years, adoption has become something of a “hot button” topic amongst the Church. At the very least, it seems like more Christians are talking about it more often. Russell D. Moore (whose book Adopted for Life could be considered something of a "Christian adoption" manifesto), is one of the leading lights in this new “movement.” Earlier this year, Christianity Today profiled Moore regarding his passion for adoption, and for encouraging fellow Christians to become interested in … [Read more...]

Surprise, Your Favorite Band is a Christian Band! Now What?

BuzzFeed recently posted one of their list articles titled "11 Bands You Might Not Realize Are Christian," which, as the title implies, lists several musical outfits whose faith might be a mystery to their fans. Frankly, the entire article strikes me as rather odd. For starters, if we're talking about artists that people apparently had no clue were Christians, then using U2, Sufjan Stevens, and Evanescence as examples doesn't make much sense since anyone with even a passing familiarity would … [Read more...]