Podcast #40: The Pill in the Pudding Approach

Click here to listen!This Week: Ben and Rich have a varied conversation. The Elephant in the Room this week is March Madness, which Ben and Rich discuss congenially. That all changes once the discussion of the past week's articles begins. Ben and Rich discuss (but mostly debate) Rainn Wilson's SoulPancake.com, Barack Obama's position on stem cell research, and U2's celebrity status. Believe the hype: Ben and Rich Throw Down in an Epic Battle for the Minds of their Listeners!.. By which we … [Read more...]

The Death of Print and What it Means for Christians

One of the side effects of our recent economic troubles has been the accelerated death of newspapers and magazines. The Internet has been eating away at the readers, advertising, and content of print media for years, but after the credit crisis hit, print-ad sales in many papers and magazines fell and loans to cover failing newspapers became harder to find. As a result, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is becoming an online-only paper, while other papers close their doors completely or go … [Read more...]

RetroPost: An Obsession with Opinion

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: On this day last year, the debate was over whether or not our country was in the midst of a recession. Three quarters believed it to be so. Today pretty much everyone acknowledges this … [Read more...]

SoulPancake.com: 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...]

RetroPost: Sea-World’s Sentimental Secret

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: With Spring Break basically here and summer fast approaching, many of us will be taking vacations very soon. Some of us will go home to visit loved ones. Others will visit theme parks … [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...]

Podcast #36: Ben and Rich Look Forward (General Culture/Film)

Click here to listen!This Week: Ben and Rich run through the list of things that Christ and Pop Culture said they were most looking forward to in the coming year and share their own thoughts. Lots of talk about the Christian's challenge in this economy, Harry Potter (we know you can't get enough), and Watchmen.Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett sit back and discuss the posts of the previous week on Christ and Pop Culture, acknowledge and respond to the big issues in popular culture, … [Read more...]

CAPC's Assumptions: A Matter of Conscience

There are a series of assumptions that we make here at Christ and Pop Culture. Like many Christian sites, we take for granted in the various writings we publish that the reader understands certain principles. We understand this to be both an unrealistic and necessary expectation. Because of this, I thought it would be a good idea to spend a significant amount of time making it crystal clear the sort of things we take for granted on this site.What will result is a series of posts that deal with … [Read more...]

The Danger of Blogging(and spouting off in other ways)

When angry opinion meets elegant articulation, our culture celebrates.  Brilliant put-downs, abusive comments, and eloquent backhands titillate us, though we still manage to maintain the "I'm a good person" illusion while we scan the latest smart-mouth essay.  My questions are these: do we recognize it for what it is?  And do we handle it rightly?The invective industry is massive.  Every major newspaper and magazine and news channel has their opinionated curmudgeon, complaining about whatever t … [Read more...]

What Would Rush Do? Now Do the Opposite.

"If I wanted Obama to succeed... I'd be encouraging the republicans to lay down and support him! I don't want this to work... I hope he fails!" - Rush Limbaugh[Update: It seems I  unintentionally misrepresented this quote. See the comments below (especially the one by Bill Blair), and check out the full context here. I'm truly, truly sorry for that. I should say, however that I still stand behind the overall thesis of this post. ]They weren't quite the most shocking words in the world. … [Read more...]


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