Playing for Eternity: The Sacraments of Pop Culture (Vodcast Now Available)

PEACEtalks, an initiative of St. George Anglican Church in Sydney, hosted the Divine Wedgie over the weekend for an evening of dinner and seminars. It was nothing short of an utter delight to be among a crowd that was so theologically and culturally literate, as well as engaged. With reference to resources as diverse as Marx [Read More…]

Derrida, Deconstruction & Salvation

‘Postmodern’ is a dirty word for Christians. In many parts of Christendom, it is associated with relativism, individualism and the jettisoning of tradition for the sake of the new or kitsch (sometimes justifiably so, from personal experiences). Not everyone sees the postmodern in this light. In a highly persuasive book entitled Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?, [Read More…]

Penances You Can Hear: Christianity, Pop Culture & Multiculturalism

Lent is upon us and Melbourne and Sydney readers have the opportunity to do their penances early , because the Divine Wedgie is hitting the road again. Melbourne The first penance, on 5th March, will be will be at the Church of All Nations (CAN) in Melbourne, a plant of the Uniting Church in Australia. Antony McMullen, [Read More…]

The Mediated Self: Identity, Advertising & Eucharist

In The Life of Brian, the titular protagonist wanted to remind everyone that “we are all individuals”. Because of that, nobody needed to listen or be an extension of anyone’s will, never mind his own. In so doing, Brian had articulated one of the central pillars of Liberalism: that everyone was fundamentally a self-contained individual, with [Read More…]

Emptying Christ in Identity Politics

“Identity” has become a buzzword, peddled and circulated with increasing bombast in all manner of social, political and scholarly discourse. People now cannot do or say anything without first making some statement of his or her racial, gender, geographical or other identity marker, either apologetically or with a touch of chauvinistic pride. In this context, [Read More…]

Friendship, Politics & Justice

We are pleased to feature a guest-post this week by Dr. Timothy J. Furry, who is Instructor of Religion and Philosophy at Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School in Bloomfield Hills, MI in the United States. Dr. Furry is also the author of Allegorizing History: The Venerable Bede, Figural Exegesis and Historical Theory, published by Pickwick Publications.   Moreover, friendship [Read More…]

Playing Heaven and the Real Liturgical Deal

The first world drips with entertainment. Televisions beam sporting events, the latest series or reruns from our youth. The sides of buses are plastered with advertisements for movies, while the screens on our smartphones flash yet another injunction to download the mother of all strategy games. Our lunch hours are as much spent catching up [Read More…]

Let My Porkchop Go: Against the Recruitment of Everything

…from a hungry massgoer… One Sunday after Mass, I went to the pub to get a porkchop with a group of other massgoers. When it was served, the first thing that hit me was the lovely freshly fried aroma, together with the meaty fragrance of the gravy that was cascading down its sides. That, combined [Read More…]

Prophecy & Architecture

While teaching political philosophy at Campion College Australia, one minor thread of the course related to the impact that commercial and consumer cultures, such as the ones entrenched in Australia, have on the expression or maintenance of a thoroughgoing Christian identity and practice. It was suggested that these consumer cultures do not sit neutrally when [Read More…]

The Borderlands of Art & Worship

There is a third book in the works somewhere which will, when it finally comes out, discuss our frought relationship between pop culture on the one hand, and the Christian spiritual life on the other. Many are quick to point out the harmful affects of the artifacts of the former on the latter – pointing [Read More…]