Why You Should Believe in Santa Claus (Even If He Doesn’t Exist)

We have evaluated the evidence and heard testimony from leading experts. Satellite imagery reveals no evidence of a toy-making operation in the Arctic North. Surveillance equipment in homes throughout the Western hemisphere captured no evidence of generous bearded trespassers. Forensic analysis of Christmas tree sites has found DNA and fingerprints corresponding only to people who live there. A few rogue Santaologists insist he is among us, but all reported sightings have been explained as … [Read more...]

Christmas Can Make It Hard to Remember That ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

I try to catch a glimpse of the classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life every year. I rarely get to watch the entire film, but I usually watch the scene that most closely reflects my feelings about Christmas. No, it’s not the end where everyone is singing “Auld Lang Syne” and proclaiming George Bailey to be the richest man in town. Nor is it the scene where the tinkling bell means Clarence got his angel’s wings. That’s a nice touch to the story, muddy angelology notwithstanding. The scene I … [Read more...]

The Problem with the Daniel Diet

Want to be a better Christian? Then you should start eating like the prophet Daniel.The “Daniel Diet” has gained momentum among Christians looking to increase in their discipleship and decrease their waistline. Many churches are promoting the Daniel Diet, encouraging believers to replace sweets and processed foods with a strict intake of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. But does the Bible story of Daniel really warrant Christians to build a dieting subculture around it?Daniel was an … [Read more...]

A Call for Writers

Want to write for Christ and Pop Culture?We’re looking for new staff writers who feel confident and excited about writing about the intersection of the Christian faith and popular culture. Here are some of the things we’re looking for in prospective writers:Perspectives or interests that are currently underrepresented at CaPC. The ability to consistently produce one 600-1000 word feature every other week or one 200-600 word "Of the Moment" piece every week. A commitment to what is co … [Read more...]

I Want to Give You a Snopes Detector for Christmas

I have a gift. It isn't really a supernatural gift so much as a talent I've learned after many years of internet surfing. It's the ability to spot nonsense when it's posted on Facebook or sent to me in an email. I'd assumed that this was a talent that everyone with any amount of internet experience would have, but I've recently realized that this really is a gift that not everyone, or even a majority of people possesses. The lack of this gift of discernment is the only thing that explains why … [Read more...]

Living in a World of “Little Boys With Their Porno”

Earlier this year, Arcade Fire released their highly anticipated double album Reflektor to considerable fanfare. While much of the subsequent attention has been focused on songs like the title track, "Here Comes The Night Time," and "Afterlife" -- and understandably so -- there's one song on Reflektor that has stuck with me since my earliest listening sessions, but that seems to have flown under most critics' radars: the bluntly titled "Porno.""Porno" begins with slinky synths and disco-lite … [Read more...]

Popular Science Disproves Virgin Birth with #SCIENCE!!!

Popular Science wants you to know that a human virgin birth (or, more properly 'virginal conception', not 'immaculate conception', which is something entirely different) is pretty impossible. While "parthenogenesis" has been known to happen in non-mammalian species, there are a couple of obstacles to that happening for us: So what stands in the way? First, a mammal’s egg cell usually won’t divide until it receives a signal from the sperm. Second, most mammalian eggs have only half the number of … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: The Burden of Not Knowing & the Loving Arms of Advent

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, my elder daughter and I snuggled under a blanket and watched The Muppets Christmas Carol; I think I inherited my love of this story from my father, who includes several versions of A Christmas Carol in his rotation of ten films to re-watch for the rest of his life. It’s got mystery, drama, comedy (c’mon, “there’s more of gravy than … [Read more...]

Don’t Close Your Wallet Yet: It’s Giving Tuesday

Scooch over, Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. There’s a fourth holiday in the mix, making our fall U.S. Holiday trio a newly formed quartet.It’s called Giving Tuesday. In its second year, Giving Tuesday has already gained a remarkable following. Here’s how the movement is explained on its Web site: “We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back. On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global chari … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks: Similar, but Different

Thanksgiving, as wonderful a holiday as it is, can often be a concentrated source of feelings that are anything but thankful. If you are the one hosting, you've got to clean the whole house and figure out how everyone is going to fit at the table. The newest family member is on a diet and can't eat anything but green peas, so now what? You forgot the extra pound of butter you need for your pastry dough and have to run to the grocery store and wait in those terribly long lines, where everyone a … [Read more...]