Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘The Problem of Pain’

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.“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world." -C.S. … [Read more...]

Superman: Not Just a Man, but a Just Man

Note: This article contains references to events in the movie Man of Steel that could be construed as spoilers.It is no state secret at this point that Warner Brothers rather cannily marketed Man of Steel to Christians, playing on the obvious and intentional parallels between Superman and Jesus the incarnate Son of God. Our own Derek Rishmawy has done solid work in untangling these parallels and parsing out the values and pratfalls of viewing Superman Christologically. But there is another … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: How Many Philosophers Believe in God?

Two philosophers recently surveyed nearly 2,000 of their fellow thinkers and asked them what they believe when it came to God, free will, moral judgment... and zombies, among other things. (But not those kind of zombies.) The full results can be found here. (Spoiler: 72.8% of those surveyed hold to atheism.) … [Read more...]

Unjust Laws: MLK and Contraceptive Mandates

Last week, in the guise of celebrating one man's legacy, the nation took a day to solemnize our formal commitment to equality before the law. Blacks in this country have suffered much, finally gaining their freedom only to be hunted like animals in some places. I understand that the beneficiaries of and successors to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. look to him as an icon, a martyr in the struggle for civil rights. I would be a sentimental fool if I pretended I was somehow part of that e … [Read more...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Purpose of the Universe

In recent years, Neil deGrasse Tyson has become one of science's most popular evangelists and communicators, and for good reason. The astrophysicist is funny, witty, and quite affable, and his media savvy -- consider his various appearances on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report -- handily undermines the popular (mis)conception of scientists as bumbling, anti-social dweebs. And if that weren't enough, he's pinpointed Superman's birth planet of Krypton for DC Comics and he's even been the the in … [Read more...]

Should Nature Have the Same Rights as Humans?

Earlier this year, the New Zealand government bestowed the legal standing of personhood on the Whanganui River, granting it all of the same rights as a person in legal matters. This isn't the first time that a country has done something like this: in 2008, Ecuador voted to give its rivers, forests, islands and even its air "similar legal rights to those normally granted to humans", agreeing that "Natural communities and ecosystems possess the unalienable right to exist, flourish and evolve … [Read more...]