March 1, 2013

Christ and Pop Culture Round-Up (3/1/2013)

A quick round-up of everything I’ve written for Christ and Pop Culture in the last few weeks.

“Leave Baby Bear and His Doll Alone” (February 27, 2013)
“Making silly, absurd claims that confuse what the Bible expects of us and what our cultural context expects of us will do no good.”

“How Should Harlem (And the Rest Of Us) React to the Harlem Shake?” (February 25, 2013)
“We forget that behind most (if not all) memes, there are real human beings who may or may not appreciate their culture being appropriated willy-nilly for our entertainment.”

“Humility Is The First Step To ‘Shalom’ On The Web” (February 21, 2013)
“We rarely consider that we might be wrong, that our thoughts, beliefs, and narratives may be skewed or inaccurate, especially if they’re in regards to a group of people with whom we have serious differences.”

“Brace Yourself, Here Comes the Digital Mob Justice” (February 14, 2013)
“Remember that you yourself have probably said or done something that, were you unfortunate enough to have it done in a public forum, would earn similar rage from your fellow netizens.”

“The Persecution Complex of the Modern Introvert” (February 11, 2013)
According to some, extraverts have taken over our churches and our culture, marginalizing introverts in the process. But what if there is no grand conspiracy against introverts?

“Does the Church Have Room for Science Fiction?” (February 6, 2013)
Author Sandra Miesel notes the numerous Catholic authors that have made contributions to the “speculative fiction” genre.

“According to Andrew O’Hehir, Football Is in a Well-Deserved ‘Death Spiral’” (February 4, 2013)
“There’s simply too much negativity, controversy, and damage surrounding the sport for it to remain as it currently is.”