I am no anime or manga expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I recognize the artistic value, beauty, and potential for these art forms.  They, or animation in general, can image the limitless possibilities of our imagination.  Theology and film scholars are starting to catch on to the implications of great works like Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.  Unlike much mainstream animation, great anime often blends truly fantastic animation with deep storytelling.  Flipping through some past BFI … [Read more...]

Do You Believe In…

In college, I read a book that began to drastically change the way I thought about God and the ways in which God worked in the world.  For a young person from a conservative Southern Baptist background, Leslie D. Weatherhead's The Will of God was a radical reading experience.  Faced with theological inconsistencies during World War II, Weatherhead began re-thinking his concept of the will of God.  His text, a series of sermons to victims of the war and their families, resonates decades later wi … [Read more...]

New Leader…

Congratulations to Dr. Brad Braxton, former homiletics and New Testament professor at Wake Forest University Divinity School, on his election as the sixth senior pastor at Riverside Church in New York City.  Follow the link after the jump for more. … [Read more...]

The Flip Side of the Coin

Occasional Pop Theology contributor Daniel Skidmore provides a quick review of the Coen brothers' latest film, Burn After Reading. … [Read more...]

The Audacity of Despair

During the Olympics, President Bush sat down for a rather lengthy interview with Bob Costas.  Costas began a question about China's problems by saying, "I know America has its share of problems, but...."  Almost before Costas could finish his question, Bush rushed and said, "America doesn't have problems."  Clearly President Bush and David Simon are not looking at the same America.  Simon, former journalist for The Baltimore Sun, acclaimed author of Homicide and The Corner, and the writer and pro … [Read more...]


Pop Theology contributor Wendy Arce reviews a Hitchcock classic, Lifeboat. … [Read more...]

Fall TV Preview

I received my favorite issues of Entertainment Weekly recently, the Fall telvision and movie previews.  I thought I would comb through them and create my own version of each.  So here it is, the first ever Pop Theology Fall TV Preview or, rather, the contets to the Pop Theology DVR Box. … [Read more...]


For two weeks during the summer, I took a course on American slavery and the Holocaust.  Talk about summer time fun time!  From the start, we sought to avoid "invidious comparisons" between the two events that would eternally debate who suffered more or which event was more horrific.  Instead, we looked at issues of race, power, economics, and evil in an attempt to understand how events like these could happen and how ordinary people could collude with such extraordinarily evil circumstances. Th … [Read more...]