The Blessed Machine and the Dangers of Technology – Christian Article

Is this world all there is? Where does our hope for a better future lie? What role should technology play in our lives? The Blessed Machine, my first graphic novel effort and Cave Pictures Publishing’s latest title, grapples with these age-old and universal questions. From Facebook to Fortnite, over the past year, the news has seen multiple stories about technological overreach. There were two high profile articles in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal about the ways in which video games and our…

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To ‘Look Foul and Feel Fair’: Tolkien’s Influence on a Romantic YA Trope – Christian Article

Every other Tuesday in Storied, K. B. Hoyle explores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. On Twitter, I follow an amusing account called @broodingYAhero. As you might guess from the user name, @broodingYAhero tweets in the guise of a typical brooding hero in Young Adult literature. The results are often hilarious. Recently, @broodingYAhero tweeted: This tweet works because it is a trope in Young Adult literature to present the male hero…

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8 Works of Contemporary Fiction Christians Should Read – Christian Article

In recent evangelical publications, there has been a good amount of attention paid to the merits of literature, reading, and the imagination. A good thing! But in these discussions, contemporary literature (defined here as anything written since 1980) is often overlooked. When contemporary authors are mentioned, the choices are usually limited to Wendell Berry, Marilynne Robinson, and Annie Dillard—all worthy and important suggestions. But does the contemporary period have nothing more to offer? Do the “common grace” gifts contained in…

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You Welcomed Me by Kent Annan, Free for CAPC Members – Christian Article

You Welcomed Me by Kent Annan is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until May 6, 2019, through our partnership with InterVarsity Press. In a time in which every aspect of American life is politicized, issues surrounding immigration and the global refugee crisis are at the center of the political firestorm. For Christians, the issue is especially fraught, as we are challenged to think biblically—which often means going against the prevailing culture. You Welcomed Me is a…

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The Latin and Reformed Imagination – Christian Article

By Felipe Vogel “The Reformation … was more a song or a symphony than a system, more lyric than lecture,” claims Peter Matheson in The Imaginative World of the Reformation. Yet lectures and systems are likely what comes to mind when we think of the writings of the early Protestants, epitomized in the Latin theological tome. No doubt theological Latin deserves lots of attention, and we can be thankful that it is getting more of it. But we rarely notice…

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In Praise of Useless Reading – Christian Article

Reading fiction is useless. So is poetry. All imaginative works of beauty are useless, and praise God for that. Stories and poems are meant to be enjoyed in and of themselves, and while they have transformative effects on their readers, heaven forbid they be used as such. In fact, one of the great reasons to read works of the imagination is to overcome our habitual disposition toward utility. Ever since John Stuart Mill, the modern founder of utilitarianism, suggested that…

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Tethered to the World: Remembering Mary Oliver – Christian Article

Poets occupy a curious place in our society. Their whole objective is the creation of beauty, an occupation often seen as privileged, or even superfluous. Still, they persist, offering their ideas and observations to an ungrateful, inattentive world. Their audience is narrow, and their recognition is scarce. And yet, Mary Oliver endures. Or endured, it would seem, as she passed into eternity last Thursday. Oliver’s challenge was to create poetry for an audience that is not only often apathetic toward…

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The Passion of the King of Glory by Russ Ramsey, Free for CAPC Members – Christian Article

The Passion of the King of Glory by Russ Ramsey is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until April 22, 2019, through our partnership with InterVarsity Press. Sometimes it’s difficult to pick up my Bible and read because the language is so archaic. It takes some work to slog through the sentences and decipher their meanings; there is something magical about reading a book that was written thousands of years ago, but it can take me an hour…

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How to Form a Christian Mind in a Digital World – Christian Article

Many have rightly warned that evangelicals are losing “a Christian mind” by neglecting the Bible and indiscriminately consuming secular materials informed by non-Christian ideas. But what if it’s not just the content we consume but also the medium in which we read it that poses a danger to our minds? In Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, Maryanne Wolf makes a compelling case that our use of digital devices is changing the way we read, which…

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The First Days of Jesus by Andreas Köstenberger and Alexander Stewart, Free for CAPC Members – Christian Article

The First Days of Jesus by Andreas Köstenberger and Alexander Stewart is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until March 19, 2019, through our partnership with Crossway. We live in a culture that is increasingly biblically illiterate. Yet within it, some passages of Scripture are still widely familiar. Take Luke 2 for instance. Perhaps thanks to Charlie Brown’s Christmas special, many people will recall the climactic moment when Linus tells the story of Jesus’ birth, quoting at…

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George Bailey at the Bridge: The Costly Virtue of It’s a Wonderful Life – Christian Article

Thanks to the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey is a household name to many Americans. But his story is a radical one. He has big dreams that are left unfulfilled. He doesn’t “stay true to himself.” He gets kicked down over, and over, and over again. Although the protagonist of the film, he is decidedly unheroic, by modern standards. If George Bailey’s story was told in 2018, he would leave Bedford Falls to chase his dreams, he…

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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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Living Local Fiction | Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

By S. Dorman On first moving to Maine and seeing a line of tall ledges from a nearby road, I was enchanted, surprised. I’d never seen anything like them before: Mountains like waves of rock waiting to crash over the land. Not long ago, on snowshoes, we broke trail in a field below. In three feet of snow, exhausting ourselves, driven by winds laden with chill factors below zero. Oh that cup of coffee on our return! Home territory is…

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Eleven Writers Writing – 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. Every year, I set a reading goal. Twenty-eighteen was no different. I find that by doing this,…

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