Podcast #114: Drones, Filibusters, and Duck Dynasty

Every week on the Christ and Pop Culture Podcast, various Christ and Pop Culture writers delve deeper into recent articles and address some of the bigger issues in popular culture. Click here to listen!This week, Christ and Pop Culture editors Drew Dixon and Brad Williams discuss drones and filibusters and debate the merifs of Duck Dynasty.We love feedback. If you’d like to respond, you can comment on the Web site or send an e-mail to christandpopculture@gmail.com. We’re also on  … [Read more...]

Dow Jones Hits Record High! Politicians Worry about Economy

Facebook is where Chicken Little lives. Each day, I am bombarded with messages about the different doomsday scenarios we are faced with as Americans. From gun control, to the decisions of the President, to the incompetence of Congress—my Facebook feed is a steady stream of how terrible things are right now. This also includes how the economy is crashing, the debt cannot possibly be paid off, and that the $85 billion dollar sequester is going to get everyone laid off of work and ruin everything f … [Read more...]

I Am Not Abraham’s Mistake

Arabs are not the result of Abraham's mistake: Derek Rishmawy explains how popular evangelical theology about Arab contradicts the Gospel. 9/11 was a weird day for me. I was a sophomore in high school at the time and I distinctly remember thinking to myself, "Oh God, I hope it wasn't Arabs," as soon as I heard that a plane had been crashed into the first tower. I'm 3/4 Palestinian and at times have a distinctly Arab cast to me. My last name is Rishmawy. Admittedly it was a selfish thought, but … [Read more...]

The Next Pope Should be a Protestant (No, Not Really)

Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will relinquish his office at the end of February, an event that has not been seen since the 13th century. As the outgoing pope delivered his final Sunday blessing this week, the Conclave prepares to meet to elect his successor (see this neat (if imperfectly translated) graphic). By the time the Papal Conclave convenes in March, the "media conclave" will have cast scores of votes electing the next Bishop of Rome.The rumors were barely confirmed before l … [Read more...]

Contraceptive Mandate: Accommodating the Accommodation

The Obama administration recently announced an accommodation of their contraceptive mandate accommodation under the Affordable Care Act. The constitutional and legal intricacies can be hard to follow, but at the center of it all are enduring questions of religious liberty and public policy. The contraceptive mandate is a perfect test case, because it pits a widely (but by no means unanimously) endorsed public health measure against the clear moral teaching of a large and ancient religious group. … [Read more...]

The F-Word: Why Feminism Is Not the Enemy

Foundationally, feminism is something we can, and should, get behind.  Fifty years ago this month, Norton published Betty Friedan’s influential work The Feminine Mystique, a book commonly credited with inciting second wave feminism in America. The anniversary has incited all kinds of interesting discussions on the web recently as contemporary feminists critique Friedan’s vision and legacy.I read the book in college, and while disagreeing with quite a few of her conclusions, I really liked it … [Read more...]

Podcast #111: Exploring House of Cards (Plus: Are Introverts Being Persecuted?)

Every Tuesday, various Christ and Pop Culture writers delve deeper into recent articles and address some of the bigger issues in popular culture, all on a podcast for your listening pleasure.  Click here to listen!This week, editor Ben Bartlett and editor-in-chief Richard Clark are joined by regular Christ and Pop Culture writer Lauren Rambo to discuss the latest evolution in serial drama, House of Cards, the Netflix-exclusive political thriller directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin … [Read more...]

The State of the Union: Ruled by Honest Fakes

The President's speech last night might well have been constructed from the cutting room floor where they put together all the rest of his speeches. It was suitably well delivered, though nowhere near the "jaw dropping" oratory we're supposed to believe he produces. It undulated between plans-to-make-plans and superficial policy proposals, casting the American moment in starkly statist terms while needling strawmen that he then labeled as his GOP rivals. Health care for the elderly should be a … [Read more...]

No veggies for you, says the government

Remember that dystopian novel we read in high school?  The one where humans were barred from interacting with the natural world, and everyone ate the same factory-produced synthetic foodstuffs?  Where any human who questioned the status quo was watched by the government, fined, or harassed?Oh wait - I’m getting 1984 and Brave New World mixed up with last week’s New York Times.  Apparently in Orlando "the mayor claims to be striving to make his city green while his city harasses homeowners lik … [Read more...]

Podcast #110: Athletes for Jesus (Plus the actual Superbowl and Welfare)

Every week, various Christ and Pop Culture writers delve deeper into recent articles and address some of the bigger issues in popular culture.Click Here to Listen!The podcast is back for the second week in a row! Christ and Pop Culture editors Drew Dixon and Brad Williams do one better than last week's hosts by discussing the ACTUAL Superbowl. They talk about how awkward watching the game can be, it's most interesting and disturbing commercials and the Evangelical obsession with … [Read more...]