Why The New Pope Shouldn’t Listen to Obama’s Advice

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Obama isn't the most precise theologian. Nor should that be expected of him--he's only a politician after all.In a recent interview before the selection of the new Pope Francis, President Obama was asked about his thoughts on the incoming pope. He expressed his hope that the next Holy Father would be faithful to what he considers the "central message of the Gospel." Admirable sentiment. I think we should all hope for a pope who loves the Gospel. The question we have to ask ourselves is: what … [Read more...]

Robert Downey Jr., Walk the Line, and the Problem of Redemptive Themes

Often, your best friends also tick you off the most. No exception here. My buddy Drew constantly teases me about CAPC. He likes to pick on me for being a poor dresser, too, but he's basically right about that so I can't complain.His favorite joke is that at CAPC all we do is try to find, "redemptive themes," in movies. "Where was the redemptive theme in THAT?" he asked, 30 seconds after we walked out of "The Dark Knight."My friend's unfair (and uninformed) joking is a humorous pain in the … [Read more...]

Dan's Real Life is A Lie

One strange cultural passion is getting advice.  This is not the same as taking advice, mind you.  As a culture we seem to love to be told, “the right thing,” or, “what I should do,” even if we don’t generally follow through.  The success of Oprah is a great example, but despite her massive empire she is just the tip of the iceberg.    Thousands of radio shows, newspapers, and websites hire people whose ENTIRE job is to give others advice on how to live.  When we watch a movie like Dan in Real Li … [Read more...]


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