General Culture

CAPC Magazine Issue 1 of 2019: Consumption – Christian Article

Letter from the Editor: Consuming Ourselves to Death John Calvin famously called the human heart an idol factory, due to its seemingly innate ability to crank out countless baubles to adore and worship. Generally speaking, we must consume in order to produce. Just as the production of a tangible good requires massive amounts of input—natural resources, components, labor, and so on—the human heart is also running on a variety of inputs. We take the raw components of all we consume…

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Dear Evan Hansen Addresses Our Culture’s Pervasive Loneliness – Christian Article

One of the hottest plays on Broadway right now is Dear Evan Hansen, a story of a teenage boy trying to live through and clean up a web of lies. More than that, Dear Evan Hansen is a story about loneliness. It depicts several people who feel alone and just want to be accepted and loved. Evan Hansen is struggling high schooler; he isn’t popular and doesn’t have many friends. He has a crush on Zoe, the sister of the school…

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CAPC Jr.: Pop Culture Commentary from the Next Generation – Christian Article

“Train up a child in the way he should go…” Here at Christ and Pop Culture, we are working to pass on our ideals of Christian cultural analysis to the next generation of young critics. In that spirit, we present CAPC Jr., in which significant children in the lives of our writers (daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, godchildren) pass on their own unique insights into some of their favorite cultural artifacts. Emerson, age 6 (daughter of Amanda Wortham): Star Wars My…

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All the Foods I’ve Failed to Eat – Christian Article

Hop on Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook, and you’ll likely see a picture of someone’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. The photographer behind the camera likely put thought into the photo, crafting an idyllic scene featuring a meal for the human eye. As a culture, we’re obsessed with food and perfection, and our social media feeds speak to this like nothing else. Whether we’re seeking the latest restaurant with the most delicious X (biscuits, pasta, pho, paleo menu—you name it!) or attempting…

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Feeding Consumerism: The Hidden Costs of Cheap Food – Christian Article

I walk out of the late summer heat and into the artificial chill of the air-conditioned grocery store. Although the seasons have changed dramatically in my neighborhood over the past several weeks, the shelves of shining vegetables arranged into stage-lit piles look virtually unchanged. Is there drought in California? Have there been floods in the Philippines? Is the changing climate changing the altitude at which apples can be grown in certain regions? The constancy of selection here betrays no hint…

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Choosing Our Cultural Cakes and Eating Every Last Crumb – Christian Article

Recently, I was a groomsman in a wedding… for my 81-year old grandmother. (She is just as amazing as you’d imagine.) Because we live states apart, our communication through the years is done mostly through phone calls, letters, and gifts. And every year on my birthday, she would send me a cake, a pound cake of cartoonish perfection with a smell so sweet it permeated the whole house. It was my favorite—that is, until one year I ate an entire…

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Call for Pitches: Self Definitions – Christian Article

We’re currently looking for feature articles to fit the theme of self definitions for an upcoming issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine. Pitches must have a strong pop culture emphasis. Consider developing your article around TV shows, movies, books, songs, events, trends, and habits that tell us something about the intersection of self definitions and faith. We pay $75 for each magazine feature accepted and published. Send a one-paragraph pitch by noon Monday, April 15, to Erin Straza. See…

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On the First Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: A Series for the Holidays – Christian Article

We made it. It’s December 25, Christmas Day. For many of us, Christmas Day is the culmination of weeks of thinking and preparing and celebrating. Most of us feel the weight and pressure of all this merrymaking, even in the best of personal situations and scenarios. And for those of us with less-than ideal personal situations and scenarios, the merrymaking can be more like crazymaking. Adding to this emotional cocktail is all the societal unrest. We cannot escape the ache…

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On the Second Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Two Movie Soundtracks – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. This year, 2018, featured films that surpassed the bar of excellence in cinematography, theater, and animation…

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On the Third Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Three Memes a-Meme-ing – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. It’s been two and a half years since I “retired” as the internet culture critic for this…

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Four Indie Games – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. Toxic is the word Oxford Dictionaries used to sum up the mood of 2018. It’s a…

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Five Needful Words – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. This year, we’ve had more than our share of trials: the contentious 2016 election continues to reverberate,…

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Six Podcasters Podding – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. According to Entrepreneur Magazine, one in four Americans listens to at least one podcast a month. Whether…

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Seven Graphic Novels – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. On this seventh day of Christmas, I (your true love) will give to you the gift of…

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CAPC’s Most-Read Articles of 2018 – Christian Article

Reviewing our most-read articles each year gives us a snapshot of the cultural highs and lows from the past 365 days. Our content covers a wide array of topics—film, television, literature, media, internet, politics, music, tech, sports, celebrity culture, and more. The most-read article list is a check of our readership’s pulse, so to speak. And the articles that got our readers’ hearts beating in 2018? There are several covering the #metoo and #ChurchToo movement; a few on key cultural…

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Eight Worlds of Wonder – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. Twenty-eighteen was a year filled with both beauty and brokenness. I look back and see moments of…

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