About J. Ryan Parker

Blessed Are The Socially Awkward: A Review of “The Social Network”

“The truth behind the movie “The Social Network” is that we are social beings and that we crave networks, be they digital or real.” Read Pop Theology blogger Ryan Parker’s review of this fall’s smash hit about the creator of Facebook. [Read more…]

Christians in the Movies: A Complex History

In an article I wrote for Patheos a few months back, I talked about the ways in which films have depicted Protestants throughout history. In the brief space allotted, I barely scratched the surface of a rich, complex history. In his latest book, Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners, Peter E. Dans provides a much broader look at the representations of Christians in films over the last century. [Read more…]

Illustrating the Divine

Lost in the never-ending debates about biblical inerrancy and infalibility is the recognition of the Bible’s worth as a great work of literature. Lost is the focus on how it has inspired countless translations and interpretations, both written and visual. One of the more recent examples of this is Sanjay Patel’s latest book, Ramayana: Divine Loophole, a visually stunning re-telling of one of the most famous sacred stories of all time. [Read more…]