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...]

Downton Abbey: Things We’ve Lost

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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the second episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season. Each week, a Christ and Pop Culture writer will offer their thoughts on the latest Downton Abbey episode after it airs on PBS. Episode One: Downton Abbey: A Job Well Done. This week on Downton Abbey, we continue our journey of reconnecting with the goings on of the estate. If we could tie a few of the stories together in this episode, it could center around loss and grief, and how the … [Read more...]

About Time: A Romantic Comedy That’s Actually About Love

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by Marybeth Davis Baggett “With all respect to heaven, the scene of miracle is here, among us.” ~ Marilynne Robinson My new favorite movie is easy to mock, or at least easy to dismiss with faint praise. The critical consensus on movie review database Rotten Tomatoes labels it sentimental. Not a few reviews compare it to Groundhog Day, and the harshest ones call it insufferable with idiotic plot points. I get it, at least somewhat. Richard Curtis’s recent film About Time is adorable, and … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘The Silver Chair’

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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.  There is no substitute for Lewis’s celebrated children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia: readers can delight in them as … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘Surprised by Joy’

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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. Are you ever surprised by Joy? It is quite likely that you are, if you ever experience it at all. Like its source, Joy isn't the … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘The Screwtape Letters’

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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. I sat in a coffee shop with my friend Crystal, in the midst of our bustling university town, and our conversation inevitably … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘Till We Have Faces’

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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. The first time I read C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces, I approached it all wrong. I thought I was picking up another take on … [Read more...]

Celebrating C.S. Lewis: “The Shoddy Lands”

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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. Given how much conflict there is over the interpretation of “The Shoddy Lands” and what that means about Lewis’s character … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘That Hideous Strength’

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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. I stumbled on C. S. Lewis’s “space trilogy” quite by accident. I was, in fact, convinced that his only fiction was set in … [Read more...]

Celebrating C.S. Lewis: ‘Perelandra’

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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. Not many readers enjoy a chance to revisit a favorite author’s fantasy world as if for a second first time. But I count myself … [Read more...]


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