ELSEWHERE: Does Media Violence Lead to the Real Thing?

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, three psychiatrists ask, "Does Media Violence Lead to the Real Thing?" While acknowledging the question's troubling nature, due to the potential ramifications it has for free speech, they also point out that numerous agencies and organizations do hold that media violence is, indeed, a risk factor for real violence. Obviously, this question won't be going away anytime soon, especially in light of tragedies such as this one. … [Read more...]

Of Little Boys, Violent Play, and Pretending to Shoot the Bad Guys

Like many boys their ages, my two sons possess an almost preternatural talent for turning anything -- and I do mean anything -- into a gun, or "shooter" as they say. It could be a stick, an assortment of Legos, a slice of cheese, or even a puzzle piece in the shape of Nebraska, but put it in their hands, and next thing you'll know, they'll be shooting freeze rays and fireballs at the bad guys. And it's not just shooters. Thanks, no doubt, to MythBusters, they've become quite skilled at explosive … [Read more...]

A Bloody Torso, Video Game Violence and Responsibility

People who really love videogames are no strangers to shame. In fact, they've probably dealt with it in some capacity throughout the entirety of their lives, and hide their hobby in the closet. They know what's said about the activity, i.e., it's a childish waste of time. But those who look earnestly to videogames for deeper meaning and artistry sometimes deal with shame on a whole other level.[See bottom of the page for relevant image - just be warned that it is horrific and grotesque and … [Read more...]

What Can the Church Offer Victims of Abuse and Violence?

It’s no easy task addressing serious issues such as abuse and violence. Even within the Church, where honesty and help should abound, such issues are often tucked away rather than tackled. That’s why I so appreciated the way Trillia Newbell handled this difficult topic. She displayed great grace and wisdom—and courage—in an article posted at The Gospel Coalition titled “Remember the Victims—Like Me.”Newbell boldly calls on the Church to raise its awareness level regarding this issue because v … [Read more...]

Why Christians Shouldn't Write Off The Occupy Movement

Though it’s strapped for cash and coming out of hibernation, the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to press on, six months after its fiery start on September 17 of last year. The resurgence of the movement is a chance for Christians to enter into fruitful dialogue about Christian parallels to the movement, as well as the spiritual insights derived from the protests.It seems as though most Christians paid attention to the movement for roughly the first month, made up their mind that the mov … [Read more...]

Sports Violence and the Temple of God

On March 2, 2012 the NFL announced the findings of an investigation into the "bounty system" operated by, then New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams.  Since 2009, Mr. Williams operated a program of pay-for-pain wherein defensive players were given bonuses for intentionally hurting opposing players.  In the process of indefinitely suspending Mr. Williams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also suspended the New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for the entire 2012 s … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Video Game Violence and Its Frequent Lack of Self Awareness

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 about who we are and the world we live in.I wrote a column this week titled "The Wasted Potential of Videogame Violence" for Relevant Magazine. Videogames are unique in that the provide us with the opportunity to adopt a sense of agency over the world, our character, and the progression … [Read more...]


Anthony Sacramone says Rambo is "The Worst Film of 2008" and "nothing more than a sadistic gorefest." Was anyone planning on actually seeing this? … [Read more...]