Reflections on THE BIRTH OF A NATION

New Pop Theology contributor and Killer Serials co-host, Tony Jones, offers up some reflections on the controversial new film, The Birth of a Nation, which releases in theaters nation-wide on Friday, Oct. 7th. More after the jump. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: LUKE CAGE, Eps. 1 & 2

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the new Netflix hit, Luke Cage, and talk about how it's folding in current events and concerns, celebrating black history and culture, and drawing on religious imagery and narratives. They're also well aware that as a couple of white guys, they're probably only scratching the surface of the series' themes and references. Take a listen. … [Read more...]

The Maltese Falcon and the MacGuffin of the Spirit

As I revel in my return to the Bay Area, I continue to catch up on classics that have to do with San Francisco. Last weekend I rewatched The Maltese Falcon (1941). Truth be told, the film version, based on the Dashiell Hammett novel, could have taken place anywhere. Other than some stock footage of San Francisco, the place names, and "view" of the Oakland Bay Bridge behind Sam Spade's desk, the city doesn’t play much of a role. It's still a classic.The head-scratching plot begins with the c … [Read more...]

Music Review: Bon Iver’s 22, A MILLION

Resident Pop Theology music critic, Benjamin Griffin, offers a review of Bon Iver's latest album, 22, A Million. More after the jump. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: 2016 Emmys

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker, as PhDs are want to do, belatedly discuss this year's Emmys, what they say about pop culture, what we think about the winners, and what our next Killer Serial will be. … [Read more...]


Tony Jones joins the magnificent ranks of Pop Theology with a brief reflection on this week's #1 box office hit, The Magnificent Seven. … [Read more...]


Tony Jones and Ryan Parker welcome John Bucher to the podcast to talk all things STRANGER THINGS. They look back on the entire first season, talk about where the second season might go, the series' themes of sacrifice (self and otherwise), and whether or not Eleven is a Messiah figure and the boys are her disciples. Listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

San Francisco: The Movie

"I've come to the conclusion that there are really only two types of people in San Francisco…'Jeanettes'…and 'Tonys.' Jeanettes are people who think that the city's theme song is 'San Francisco' as sung by Jeanette MacDonald. Tonys think it’s Tony Bennett singing 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco.' Everyone falls into one camp or another . . . in a manner of speaking." -- Michael Tolliver in Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City.For the last two weeks I have felt what the Israelites mu … [Read more...]