Music Matters: Death, The End of All Things and Hope Laid Up in the Heavens in Muse’s “Exogenesis Symphony”

Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith."Our wonder will become realigned to God’s grace and our hope is not in escaping this earth but making our stand here as the God of the universe one day will bring heaven down to us."From the day we are born, all of us are spiraling towards one thing—death. Yet in most Western cultures we rarely think about death on a personal level. Not many of us wake up in the morning struggling “wi … [Read more...]

Easter Is Coming

As Death haunts us, stalks us, and undoes us and all whom we love, Easter carries us. Your church will probably be more packed with people than usual this Sunday. Sunday, we celebrate Easter, and the longer I live, the more important this day becomes for me. The longer I live, the more friends and loved ones I have to see buried. For every friend that goes into the grave, the more I cling to the hope that Christ came out of it.If Jesus did not rise from the dead, we should quit … [Read more...]

Music Matters: The Airborne Toxic Event on Struggles This Side of Paradise

Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.The Airborne Toxic Event continues to explore life’s struggles on The Secret EP released March 11th, 2013.Mikel Jollett, lead singer of The Airborne Toxic Event, had this to say about an artist's expression of struggle (quoting from F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise): "You're not going to live a different kind of life than anyone else. You'll have the same ups and downs as most o … [Read more...]

Why Do We Love Lists? Umberto Eco Will Tell You Why

It’s 2012 list time here at CaPC. We’ve created lists of our favorite movies, games, music, graphic novels, and television shows from the past year. Why do we do this?Umberto Eco says it’s an act that’s part culture-making, part death-defying. His analysis was given in an interview with Der Spiegel which was then covered by Rebecca Rosen at The Atlantic: “The list doesn't destroy culture; it creates it. Wherever you look in cultural history, you will find lists. In fact, there is a dizzying … [Read more...]

Video Games Embrace the Permanence of Death

"Just remember that death is not the end," or so goes the Bob Dylan song. This has been the sentiment for video games as well. You can be mowed down by a horde of alien invaders, send your race car flying off the tracks in a mass of flaming metal, or even get your spine ripped out, and with the press of a button, it's like nothing ever happened. However, if you know that your character can be reborn after even the nastiest and most gruesome of demises -- if there's no sense of danger or loss -- … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Lucidity, Grief, and My Daughter

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in.The day I found out that I was going to be having a girl was also the day I first played Lucasart’s puzzle game, Lucidity.  Lucidity centers on a young girl named Sofi and her close relationship with her grandmother and the latter’s subse … [Read more...]