COVID-19 Is Our Monster and Our Mirror – Christ and Pop Culture

In film and literature, monsters are often thought of as other-worldly, inhuman, or a stand-in for the other. According to this understanding, a monster is frightening to us because of its unfamiliarity to us. . . . we as Americans are not as totally independent and isolated from others as we often like to believe.But... Read more

What Do We Owe Each Other While We Wait for The Good Place? – Christ and Pop Culture

Hell is other people. At least thats what Jean-Paul Sarte argues in the play No Exit and what C. S. Lewis displays in The Great Divorce. Hell consists of people moving further and further away from each other because they cant get along. (And anyone on social media can get on board with that reasoning.)... Read more

When Bullets Start Flying in the Culture Wars

You dont need to stretch your imagination far to see how the following scenario could play out on election night. President Trump leads in enough states across the south and midwest in order to proclaim that he has secured re-election. However, mail-in ballots continue to be counted, and Vice President Biden doesnt concede. The television... Read more

The Gospel in Dickens, Discount for CAPC Members – Christ and Pop Culture

Christ and Pop Culture members receive 30% off The Gospel in Dickens, edited by Gina Dalfonzo, until October 11, 2020, through our partnership with Plough Publishing House. With the state of the world today, escaping into a good read is more tempting than ever. We can set aside our personal and collective troubles by entering... Read more

Gardeners World and the Object of Attention – Christ and Pop Culture

British television has a reputation for excellence. The BBCs prestige dramas, like Sherlock, Broadchurch, and ITVs Downton Abbey are known for their performances and sharp writing. Equally important is the sense that British TV knows not to overstay its welcome. British series tend to end sooner rather than later, unlike American franchises, which more often... Read more

The Performers Weve Lost and the Stories They Carried – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Tuesday inStoried,K. B. Hoyleexplores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. I remember well the death of Brittany Murphy. She was bright, bubbly, young, and talented. As the character Tai in 1995s Clueless (a modern retelling of Jane Austens Emma), she was a staple of... Read more

Out of Many, One: What Jane the Virgin Can Teach Us about Immigration – Christ and Pop Culture

Jane the Virgin and its nod to telenovelas (and all their glory) took comedic television by storm, earning a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series after its first season for Gina Rodriguezs portrayal of Jane. While the show ended last summer after five seasons, there are plenty of reasons why the telenovela... Read more

China tries to erase Inner Mongolian culture – Mission Network News

China (MNN) — Students and parents from Inner Mongolia gathered to protest a new Chinese policy that would require students to use Mandarin textbooks, rather than learn in Mongolian. Joe Handley of Asian Access describes Inner Mongolia (not to be confused with the independent country of Mongolia to the north) and its relation to China.... Read more

If Youre Fighting the Culture War, Youre Losing

A new Christian consortium, dedicated to preserving religious liberty, is promoting its mission with militaristic imagery and language. The groups website uses terms like battle, fighters, and war. It’s clear the founders of this organization see themselves as being on the front lines of the conflict for the soul of our nation. Theyre proud participants... Read more

Alvin Kelly and the Flagpole Sitters of the 1920s: They Weren’t Sick, but They Weren’t Well… – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Wednesday in Fads!Crazes!Panics!,Luke T. Harringtonlooks at one of the random obsessions to have gripped the public mind in the recent past, and tries, in vain, to make sense of it all. As Ive plugged away at this column, one of the interesting realities Ive kept bumping up against is that fads and panics,... Read more

Persuasion 199 | Getting By… with Luke T. Harrington – Christ and Pop Culture

Humor has been rather hard to find in 2020. We’ve had month after month of very serious happenings. When the world is falling apart, laughter feels wrongeven callous. Serious things call for a serious countenance… right? In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off a late summer miniseries called Getting By.... Read more

Chadwick Boseman Lived on Purposeand We Will Never Be the Same – Christ and Pop Culture

On August 28, Chadwick Boseman passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43 years old. He died at home with his wife and family by his side. The outpouring of condolences on social media only begins to tell the story of Chadwicks impact. Chadwick Boseman began his acting career in 2003... Read more

NBA Playoff Boycott Makes History (and Echoes a 2,000-Year Call to Self-Sacrifice) – Christ and Pop Culture

Earlier this week, three NBA playoff games were scheduled for Wednesday night. None of them were played. Following the horrific shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, all six teams chose to boycott in protest. First the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic boycotted, and the other four teams followed. This has... Read more

CAPC Magazine Issue 1 of 2020: Reaping Time – Christ and Pop Culture

Letter from the Editor: A Constant Change Time hounds each one of us. We look at the day ahead, all of us holding the same 24 hours to spend as we will. We work. We worship. We play. We learn. We rest. We invest these pieces of time for some desired end. And what do... Read more

Wait with Me by Jason Gaboury, Free for CAPC Members – Christ and Pop Culture

Wait with Me by Jason Gaboury is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until November 26, 2020, through our partnership with InterVarsity Press. During our current pandemic-induced distancing, most of us have experienced a shrinking of our social interactions. We are working, schooling, and worshiping from home. The bulk of our community... Read more

Smallvilles Storied Heroism – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Tuesday inStoried,K. B. Hoyleexplores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. Remember when DC superheroes werent all about that grimdark life? In 2001, the WB (later the CW) welcomed us to sunny Smallville, the home of the Kent family, the Luthor fertilizer plant, and Smallville... Read more

What Is Cancel Culture and How Should Christians Respond to It?

The act of canceling ultimately calls for cutting a person, business, or organization off completely. In most cases, public apologies are no longer accepted. There is no corrective course of action. And anyone who continues to support something thats been canceled is also publicly outed and canceled.Cancel Culture is unforgiving. Living in a constant brood... Read more

Deliver Us: What the Prince of Egypt Has to Say about Suffering – Christ and Pop Culture

My soundtrack this summer has been the music for the Prince of Egypt. More than 20 years old, this animated film from Dreamworks is the story of the Hebrew peoples longing for deliverance from systemic oppression and death. The story has sudden, painful relevance in the face of the pandemic that continues to rage and... Read more

COVID Clashes with Capitalism Culture and a Return to School – Christ and Pop Culture

Public school culture is changing. No matter how desperate we are to imagine any sense of normalcy, normal school has been changing for some time now. And with the pandemic thrusting the changes before our eyes, we are responding in ways that reveal the dangerous treasures of our hearts. With existing and imminent returns to... Read more

Videogames Probably Don’t Cause Violence, but They Sure Seemed like a Good Scapegoat in 1993 – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Wednesday in Fads!Crazes!Panics!,Luke T. Harringtonlooks at one of the random obsessions to have gripped the public mind in the recent past, and tries, in vain, to make sense of it all. In the late eighties, videogame designers were looking for ways to make games look more realistic. Mario and Pac-Man were cute, sure,... Read more

Persuasion 197 | Getting By… with Wendy Alsup – Christ and Pop Culture

In polite conversation, when someone greets you and asks how you are doing, the typical, benign reply is to say you “are doing just fine, thanks.” But today, that reply feels disingenuous at best, considering the global pandemic, the racial reckoning across our nation, and the general polarization in society. Saying we are doing just... Read more

Dream Smaller: The Faithful Obedience of Father Beocca – Christ and Pop Culture

Although I believe The Last Kingdom is one of the best shows on Netflix, I only selectively recommend it to people. Its not a show for the kids, as we might say, nor is it particularly happy. Favorite characters are liable to suffer disappointments and even death more often than thriving and worldly successes, and... Read more

Kanye West quotes the Bible in ‘Culture of Life’ presidential campaign platform

Kanye West performing at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church(Photo: KHOU 11)Rapper and Christian convert Kanye West has unveiled a Bible-inspired campaign platform for his bid to be elected as US president this November. The document is called "Creating a Culture of Life" and quotes Scripture throughout.  It was posted to his campaign website and sets out his... Read more

Entering into the Stories of Folklore – Christ and Pop Culture

A few weeks ago, Taylor Swift stunned fans by announcing that within 24 hours she would be releasing a totally new album; an album that would include 16 songs entirely written and produced during the pandemic. In isolation, she wrote in her announcement, my imagination has run wild and this album is the result, a... Read more

Greedy Algorithms and the Gospel: How Computer Science Helps Us Appreciate God More – Christ and Pop Culture

Have you sent a text or used GPS navigation recently? Whether or not you were aware of it, you used a greedy algorithm, a topic studied in computer science. But greedy algorithms can do far more than just power technology. They and the ideas behind them can also be instructive spiritually. Before diving in further,... Read more

Everything Is Not Okay: How Chernobyl Tells Our Story – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Tuesday inStoried,K. B. Hoyleexplores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. Im sure most everyone reading this has seen one or more of those memes going around that depicts the months of 2020 as a collection of snapshots of a single celebritys expressions. These memes... Read more

Persuasion 196 | Just Getting By – Christ and Pop Culture

After four months of navigating COVID-19 worries and addressing societal inequalities, it seems that most of us are embracing the reality that our world is forever changed. We’re learning new ways to work, build community, celebrate milestones, and more. But none of it is easy or second nature. It’s actually quite difficult. Most of us... Read more

History Is Written by the Losers – Christ and Pop Culture

I was recently reading up on the 1926 Civil War film The General, starring the great silent film comedian Buster Keaton. Turner Classic Movies was about to air it, and I wanted to decide whether to add it to my already bursting DVR. Maybe I should have guessed what was coming. Nonetheless, I felt jolted... Read more

The Sisters Who Pulled a Prank and Accidentally Started a Religion – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Wednesday in Fads!Crazes!Panics!,Luke T. Harringtonlooks at one of the random obsessions to have gripped the public mind in the recent past, and tries, in vain, to make sense of it all. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have... Read more

Its a Festival, Not a Machine: Celebrating The Symbolic World – Christ and Pop Culture

When the sun rises, do you not see a round disc of fire somewhat like a guinea?O no, no, I see an innumerable company of the heavenly host crying, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.William Blake The obvious is the hardest thing of all to point out to anyone who has genuinely lost... Read more