Starting the Conversation: Film, Homosexuality, and the Church

Dr. Frank Tupper recently attempted to lead a seminar on Baptists, homosexuality, and the Church at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's General Assembly this week.  Unfortunately, it was cancelled, signalling even moderate Baptists' inability to discuss the matter.  This inexplicable navel-gazing on the part of the CBF makes them little better than the SBC, and, in fact, one could argue that at least the SBC knows what it believes and is willing to stick to its convictions, misguided though t … [Read more...]

Anthea Butler on Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson

Religion Dispatches has an interesting article up this morning entitled "When the Gods Die:  Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett Take the 70s With Them" by Anthea Butler.  Butler is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester and teaches in the areas of African American religious history, American religious history, and women and gender studies.  Follow the link after the jump. … [Read more...]

R.I.P. K.o.P.

Unless you're working the night shift and have just woken up for work, you probably already know that Michael Jackson, the self-proclaimed King of Pop, died earlier this afternoon of a heart attack.  Since his passing, the cable news networks have been debating his place in music history:  who is greater Elvis, The Beatles, or Michael Jackson?  This is a fruitless debate.  What matters is that he was an incomparable entertainer whose influence cannot fully be measured just yet.  At the same time … [Read more...]

The Times They Are A-Changin'

What do Buddhism, the drug age, the automobile, and Pentecostalism have in common?  In different ways, they have all influenced the current state of Christianity in North America.  In her latest book, The Great Emergence, Phyllis Tickle explores the challenges to and changing nature of Christianity in the 21st century.  … [Read more...]

Year One: In the Beginning, There Was Schtick

A romp of Biblical ridiculousness proves there's nothing new under the sun.  Review by Richard Lindsay. … [Read more...]

Theologians' Favorite Films, Part 3

After the jump, view the third and final group of theologians discussing their favorite films. … [Read more...]

Theologians' Favorite Films, Part 2

After the jump, view the second group of theologians discuss their favorite films. … [Read more...]

Theologians' Favorite Films, Part 1

At the Transforming Theology conference at Claremont this spring, Tripp Fuller and I interviewed the participants, asking them a series of questions submitted through the conference's website.  We surprised them with a final, unscripted question:  "What's your favorite film?"  If these theologians could argue the existence of God and a range of Christologies, this question initially stumped them like few others.  Throughout the week, I'll post selections of their responses.  Watch the first grou … [Read more...]