Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 8: Christianity and “Whomanism”

Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine. Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad Man Part 6: Those Complicated Companions Part 7: The Episode I Never Want to See Again Could the Doctor be an intergalactic Jesus? Consider the following: 1. He is a timeless being; 2. He is known across the univers … [Read more...]

How to Write a Hugely-Popular Piece for Huffington Post Religion

For theological and religious types, Huffington Post Religion (HuffPo) happens to be one of the more predominant avenues toward becoming involved in the online religious discussion. They typically feature big-name scholars and established bloggers, many of whom can be thought-provoking and helpful. But no one cares about that. The real traffic goes to another type of religion piece.As I've read and followed their posts over the past few years, I've noticed a few tried and true themes and … [Read more...]

Music Matters: The 21st Century Return of Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Church Music

Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith.“It’s funny how most people love the dead, once you’re dead you’re made for life.” – Jimi HendrixPeople, Hell and Angels, the final posthumously released album from Jimi Hendrix, debuted on the Billboard 200 at the number two spot. Hendrix died over 40 years ago, yet surprisingly, he is still able to garner enough attention to land him on the top of the charts beating out Bruno Mars, M … [Read more...]

A Christian walks into a Church for Atheists…

In recent years, there has been something of a trend in some unbelieving circles to not throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to religion. While atheists disparage the supernatural aspects of religion, some are beginning to see value in its other aspects, such as its ability to build community and support structures for people, or to encourage people to approach life more contemplatively and selflessly. Perhaps the most famous recent example of this is Alain de Botton's Religion f … [Read more...]