Downton Abbey: People Talk

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the seventh episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season. Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS. Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done. Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost. Episode Three: Downton Abbey: Bring the Light. Episode Four: Downton Abbey: All in the Family. Episode Five: Downton Abbey: Means to an End? Episode Six: Downton … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: Living on Borrowed Faith

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Each week in “Walking with the Dead,” David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. “Don’t doubt in the darkness what you know to be true in the light.” It’s one of those Christian clichés that has managed to make an impression on me. Perhaps it resonates with me because it recognizes the tension that so many of us experience between doubt and faith. It’s the same tension that many of the characters from The Walking Dead are experiencing in the … [Read more...]

ABCFamily’s “The Fosters” and the Power of Adoption

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Late last fall, I found myself furtively googling “foster children Indiana.”  I say “furtively” because fostering children was something my husband and I had never discussed, and something I was barely able to imagine for myself.  But I had a sudden yearning to see the faces of the children who needed foster homes, to know their names and ages, to allow my worldview to be colored by the reality of the tragedies both big and small that had left those precious ones unmoored and in need … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: Guilt, Shame, and the Fear of Confession

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the sixth episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season. Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS. Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done. Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost. Episode Three: Downton Abbey: Bring the Light. Episode Four: Downton Abbey: All in the Family. Episode Five: Downton Abbey: Means to an End? This week’s episode of … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: The Trauma and Healing of Community

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Each week in “Walking with the Dead,” David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. How does someone survive psychological trauma? It’s more than a theoretical question for those struggling to survive the zombie apocalypse. The ubiquity of death, threat, and despair has the potential to scar even the most mature psyche. For many people confronting their trauma is their only chance of survival. There’s so much more to fear in the zombie apocalypse than … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: Means to an End?

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the fifth episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season. Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS. Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done. Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost. Episode Three: Downton Abbey: Bring the Light. Episode Four: Downton Abbey: All in the Family. Downton Abbey's most recent episode kept to the more subdued pace … [Read more...]

What They Want Us to Believe: Our Takes on the Most Noteworthy Super Bowl Commercials

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Every year, we watch the Super Bowl for the football, talking through the whole thing, yelling at the television, marveling audibly at the half-time spectacle, and then shushing one another to a hushed silence during the commercials. It’s a time that, for better or worse, both reflects and influences the attitude and mood of the general public. It takes our culture’s temperature, and it writes a prescription for what ails us. Here, have some Taco Bell and call us in the morning. Drive this … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey: All In the Family

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the fourth episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season. Each week, Christ and Pop Culture will present an analysis of the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS. Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done. Episode Two: Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost. Episode Three: Downton Abbey: Bring the Light. This week on Downton Abbey, the pace of the stories has steadied a bit, and with that have come some resolutions to previous … [Read more...]

Those Generous Robots: Daft Punk and Musical Nostalgia

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I was initially content to let the 56th Grammy Awards pass me by. Until, that is, I learned that the French electronic music duo Daft Punk -- who would go on to win four Grammys, including "Album of the Year" and "Record of the Year" -- would be performing their hit single "Get Lucky" with Stevie Wonder. The combination seemed like a match made in heaven, and was all the more intriguing given the duo's enigmatic persona and reticence when it comes to television performances. Daft Punk have … [Read more...]

A Decade of Wardrobe Malfunctions: Social Media and Pseudo-Adulthood

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by Justin Phillips On February 1, 2004, Justin Timberlake made good on his promise – well partially – to have Janet Jackson “naked by the end of this song.” Timberlake’s mea culpa for his Super Bowl performance included the enigmatic phrase “wardrobe malfunction,” which proved to be an achievement of linguistic genius. The phrase offered a way to acknowledge the existence, and even the telos, of zippers, buttons and Velcro, while never claiming any ownership of their proper … [Read more...]


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