About E. Stephen Burnett

E. Stephen Burnett is a journalist, aspiring novelist, and editor and webslinger at Speculative Faith. His mission: to explore and enjoy epic stories that reflect the truths and beauties of the first and greatest Epic Story, God’s Word. He also writes for a dynamic news franchise in Austin, Texas and delves into Christ-and-culture doctrine at Christ and Pop Culture. He also enjoys nonfiction, soundtrack music, and spending life with his wife, Lacy, in their Texas headquarters.

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 11: Best of Show

The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), left, with a previously unknown doctoral incarnation (John Hurt) in the 50th anniversary special.

Ask fans for their favorite moments from any story and you’ll get a full spectrum of responses. Some quips, plots, characters, special-effect bits, anything, will rise to the top because of that strange wibbly-wobbly (see what I did there?) force of “meme”-ification.Other favorites will be all over the place because of personalities and histories. Recently I began viewing the television series Arrow on Netflix, and I strongly identified with the older-brother hero, Oliver. Days later, I was c … [Read more...]

Celebrating C.S. Lewis: ‘Perelandra’

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Editor’s Note: November 22, 2013, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death. On that day, he will be given a place in Westminster Abbey’s renowned Poet’s Corner. In commemoration of this event, all this week Christ and Pop Culture contributors will be writing about the works by C. S. Lewis that have been most personally significant to them.Not many readers enjoy a chance to revisit a favorite author’s fantasy world as if for a second first time. But I count myself among those … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 10: Showing the Perfect Forever-Love Story

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Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine. Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad Man Part 6: Those Complicated Companions Part 7: The Episode I Never Want to See Again Part 8: Christianity and “Whomanism” Part 9: From Dark Sci-Fi to Joyous Fantasy Christians may have one deadlocked criticism that’s s … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 9: From Dark Sci-Fi to Joyous Fantasy

The Empty Child is now filled in a "Doctor Who" series 1 story's joyous conclusion "The Doctor Dances."

Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine. Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad Man Part 6: Those Complicated Companions Part 7: The Episode I Never Want to See Again Part 8: Christianity and “Whomanism”Rush through Doctor Who’s opening sequences to follow the TARDIS through the spinning time vort … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 7: The Episode I Never Want to See Again

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Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine.  Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad Man Part 6: Those Complicated Companions Despite Doctor Who’s greatness, it has one story I’ve seen only once and won’t see again.In the Who-verse, the worst a Dalek can do is exterminate you. If you get caught in a dark … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 5: Music for a Mad Man

The Doctor and company on the cover of a soundtrack album by Murray Gold.

Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine. Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a LifetimeYour favorite TV series may have fantastic plot twists, excellent effects, brilliant set and costume designs, and memorable actors. But if that series is Doctor Who, none of those have their own echoing magic as the series' cinematic music score b … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime

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(Before the 50-year anniversary of "Doctor Who" on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who's Doctrine. Catch up with part 1, part 2, and part 3.)Lately I’ve not been able to view trailers and other marketing for the forthcoming Marvel fantasy film Thor: The Dark World without thinking, “Doctor! What have they done to you?”Yes, the Asgardian Avenger’s second franchise episode includes a new antagonist, Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston, yet in m … [Read more...]

Why Bad News is Good News for ‘The Silver Chair’

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Three years ago, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) sank The Chronicles of Narnia fantasy film franchise. But now, as fans are likely to say, “Aslan is on the move” again: As  NarniaWeb reported and ComingSoon.net elaborated on Oct. 1, franchise shepherd and C.S. Lewis stepson Douglas Gresham has found a new Narnia  film producer in Mark Gordon. Mark Gordon stated, "Like many readers, both young and old, I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis's beautiful and allegorical world of Narnia. These fantasy … [Read more...]

Can Driscoll’s Army of SuperMen Save the Church From Death and Destruction?

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When do legitimate experiments to turn godly men into manly men mutate into mad science—a design to reject the unfit via spiritual “natural selection”? Answer: When church leaders base their efforts on clichéd fears, outside appearances, and worldliness.Recently Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll lamented the “dying” Church. The Christian Post quoted from the Driscoll letter graphic, which reads: Four years ago, Newsweek magazine proclaimed “The Decline and Fall of Christian America.” … Christians … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Doctrine Wonks Must Read Fiction

What I’ve struggled for years to say, crime-novel author J. Mark Bertrand easily proclaims at The Gospel Coalition: that doctrine nerds (this includes us “young, restless Reformed” types) should occasionally forego nonfiction in favor of reading a novel. “Fiction will give you an appreciation of both storytelling and also the depth of human beings that might actually help you pass down your theology to people who aren’t going to sign up for a lifetime of reading Puritan reprints,” Bertrand remark … [Read more...]


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