How to Revitalize Young Conservatives: Don’t Pal Around with Fools

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Like many evangelicals of my generation, I'm trying to reorient my political vision after a childhood spent under the dysfunctional influence of far-right religious conservatism. Growing up, Rush Limbaugh was on the car radio and voting Democrat was a sin. For some, this reorientation has led to a wholesale rejection of conservative positions on life, the power of the federal government, and our rights and freedoms. Others have sought to rethink what it ought to mean to be conservative, what … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘The Four Loves’

The Four Loves

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.There are numerous dating and marriage books on the shelves these days, but I wonder how often The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis is picked up a … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘Letters To Malcolm’

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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.A dear friend much older and wiser than myself first introduced me to C.S. Lewis’s Letters To Malcolm. At the time he suggested that I read … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: “The Weight Of Glory”

The Weight of Glory

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.I don’t tend to read essays over and over again as I would with the relish of a short story, but C.S. Lewis’s essay “The Weight Of Glory” i … [Read more...]

Faith and Basketball

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For the past few months we haven’t had ESPN in the house, but we just called to re-up. Each year about this time, my family repents from our baseball-induced backsliding even as we genuflect to that marker of faith that millions across the country recognize: the start of college basketball season. For a guy who graduated from the University of Kentucky, there’s really only one team for me to root for, although I love the talent and passion found throughout college athletics. This year, it see … [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...]

These Comedians Getting Coffee Are not My Friends

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A friend of mine told me about a web series, hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, titled Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. In each episode, Jerry calls a famous comedian friend and they go get a cup of coffee or a sandwich or something. And I have to say, when I first heard of the series, I thought it was going to be a laugh-a-minute kind of show. But it doesn’t work in the way a sitcom does. Rather, it works like a real friendship. At times, the conversation lags, and there’s not much interest. Jerry hims … [Read more...]

Lou Reed and the Iconography of Rock and Roll

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In the flood of eulogies prompted by Lou Reed’s death last month, the words “rock icon” featured prominently. This modern usage of a very old word may seem like an anomaly for those more familiar with its older sense, but though it’s been watered down a good deal in its popular usage, calling a rock star an “icon” is remarkably apropos.Before it came into its current idiom, “icon” was a fairly archaic word that was mostly used of the religious pictures of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the t … [Read more...]

We Know Less About Our Universe Than We Think (and I’m OK With That)

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When it comes to understanding how the universe works, humanity has made amazing strides. The realization that the Earth revolves around the Sun; Sir Isaac Newton's discovery of the laws of motion and gravity; Einstein's breakthrough regarding general relativity; last year's uncovering of the Higgs Boson particle -- these represent pinnacles of human reason and intelligence, and have given us deeper knowledge of the cosmos. However, with every discovery, nature is revealed to be far stranger and … [Read more...]

The Gospel According to Inigo Montoya (aka Mandy Patinkin)

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Sometime in my adulthood, I finally watched The Princess Bride. I watched it reluctantly, for after so many years of hearing so many boast of its wonders, I had come to believe it wasn't possible for a movie to be that wonderful. It took just one viewing for me to change my opinion.Over the years, it has remained a cult classic. Its starring cast has carved out permanents spots in many a heart. And the scripting? So clever, we’re still quoting lines some 25 years later. One of the most i … [Read more...]


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