We understand it to be part of our worship of God to examine the world around us, to discern what is true, noble, pure, and even “lovely,” and to dwell on these things. That includes, we think, the cultural output of the world we live in. We are to sift the vast ocean of images and ideas, find the gems, and delight in them. We do so because the good stuff is a gift from God. Good culture teaches, inspires, ennobles, even thrills us. The best even changes our lives.
We pray that this blog becomes a way to edify Christians by holding up what is good, true, and beautiful—even, occasionally, by finding traces of the gospel—in the world’s cultural output. We also pray this blog piques non-Christians interested in how we think. Finally, as in all things, we hope this blog glorifies God; in this case, we aim to glorify God with our minds and our media choices.
Paul D. Miller is an Assistant Professor of International Security Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He received a PhD from Georgetown and a Masters from Harvard. His writing has appeared in Books and Culture, Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, First Things, The City, and elsewhere.
Kendrick T. Kuo is a M.A. International Affairs candidate at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, concentrating in International Economics and China Studies. He also holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Religion from The George Washington University. He has published in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs and the Journal of International Peace Operations. He also writes at The Asian Crescent.
Coyle Neal is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.
Christian Hamaker, a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association, contributes film reviews for Salem Communications. He received his B.A. in Communications, with an emphasis in Film and Popular Culture, from Virginia Tech and his Master of Arts in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Justin R. Hawkins is a student at Yale Divinity School studying philosophical theology and the intersection of religion and politics. He received his B.A. in Political Theory from Georgetown University in 2011.