Podcast #69: Brit Hume Lays it On The Line

Ben and Rich come back from their holiday vacations and dive right in, discussing their Christmas and New Year celebrations, whether or not sports is truly beneficial, and the recent uproar over Brit Hume's frank advice to Tiger Woods.Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett acknowledge and respond to the big issues in popular culture. We love feedback! If you’d like to respond you can comment on the website, send an email to christandpopculture@gmail.com, or go to our contact page. We would … [Read more...]

Looking Back: Five 2009 Video Game Moments That Give Me Hope for the Medium

While devotion to the mediums of film, books, and music are often acceptable and even encouraged, it's harder to justify a devotion to video games. While those who appreciate these more respected mediums are often thought of as smart, perceptive, and thoughtful, video game devotees are often thought of as simple-minded fanboys simply out for another challenge or mindless fun.I am well aware that this perception is based on a certain reality: when it comes to artistic seriousness, video games … [Read more...]

Looking Back: Politics 2009 – A Second Perspective

Because people (even Christians) often have varied opinions and outlooks on political issues, we thought we'd give both Ben Bartlett and Adam Carrington a chance to write a political-year-in-review article for 2009. You may want to read Ben Bartlett's post, to which much of this post is responding, first.Ben’s analysis of politics in the past year provides good material from which to respond and to speak about other issues of the 2009 year in politics. Some of it I agreed with, some I did n … [Read more...]

Podcast #68: Tiger, War, Peace, and Climate Change

Ben and Rich discuss three elephants in the room this week: Tiger Woods' affair, Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, and Climate Change. Something for everyone!Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett acknowledge and respond to the big issues in popular culture. We love feedback! If you’d like to respond you can comment on the website, send an email to christandpopculture@gmail.com, or go to our contact page. We would love to respond to feedback on the show, so do it now! S … [Read more...]

Looking Back: Politics in 2009

2009 is almost over, and America has clearly forgotten that HOPE WON AND ALL OUR PROBLEMS ARE OVER!  Okay, so perhaps our expectations were a little high.  But even so, I'd like to ask… what to think about politics in 2009?Let's take look at the ideas I raised in the "Looking Forward" post last year.  Keep in mind that these are primarily my take on politics... no attributing my comments to the other CaPC writers, please!President Obama; Pragmatist or Idealist?One of my oft-repeated sent … [Read more...]

Does Capitalism: A Love Story = Christianity: An Economic Revolution?

My first Michael Moore movie was fraught with highs and lows: he does impressive documentary work (when he stops talking), but that covers maybe a third of the movie.  He also highlights good examples of unconventional business practices, but they do not really prove his larger points.One of the especially useless parts was his apparent effort to convince Christians that capitalism is morally evil.  He does this with the following (paraphrased) argument:  Two priests I know (from Flint!) and th … [Read more...]

How Michael Moore and Glenn Beck Killed the Truth

Is Capitalism evil? Is President Bush a bad president? Should health care be offered to everyone in all circumstances? Does everyone deserve a job? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. It's that simple. Or at least, that's what Michael Moore would have you think. And many have taken the bait.Let's get this straight: Michael Moore (and those who appreciate his films) are not completely off base. They're right to point out the glaring flaws of capitalism, the problems with the abuses of executive power, and t … [Read more...]

Podcast #59: The Obama Slide

It's no secret that a significant number of people have lost their faith in our President. But why? And is this something we should be happy about? Ben and Rich discuss this, plus list their top 5 reasons they love politics. Also, we read your letters from the Sports Dilemma podcast!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, and give a sneak peak at the … [Read more...]

Podcast #56: Sotomayor, Splosion Man, and Into the Wild

This Week: We were both relieved to get back to a normal show that didn't last just under an hour this week, so we spent our time talking about some fun things that are happening in pop culture! Like what? Sotomayor's confirmation, Splosion Man's Twisted Vision, and Into the Wild's lesson on community. All worthy topics. But just in case anyone thought "You know, they just don't do enough Top 5s anymore," you're crazy. But yeah, we did do a top five for you anyway: Top Five Movies We Like that … [Read more...]

Supreme Dialogue: Sotomayor and the Place for National Discussion

The confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor is historically momentous but practically uninteresting. The first Hispanic nominee to the Supreme Court meets a senate whose makeup all but assures her confirmation. Yet even anti-climactic nominations provide a rare opportunity within American politics. The confirmation of a Supreme Court justice allows us to contemplate and debate the nature of our regime in ways that escape the day-to-day grind of C-SPAN, MSNBC and Fox News.Normally, our focus … [Read more...]