pop culture

Speak with Conviction

March 29, 2010

Apart from the best use of “interrogative” I’ve heard in a long time, this reflection on the “aggressively inarticulate” state of current public debate is both sobering and heartening. This is “Speak With Conviction” Taylor Mali (Def Poetry) Season 2, Episode 3 (S02 E03) Original Air Date: 5 July 2002. Anna Blanch is founder of […]

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Thomas the Tank Engine as a vehicle for Ideology?

February 15, 2010

It is not difficult to imagine a mum sitting next to her three year old son and watching Thomas the Tank Engine. But when you’re Canadian Political Scientist apparently the research side of your brain doesn’t switch off… Professor Shauna Wilton, department of political sciences at Alberta University, Canada, found that the show does portray […]

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The coded meaning of the 12 days of Christmas?

December 19, 2009

At a Christmas party the other night a rowdy rendition of the Twelve days of christmas broke out, with a particular emphasis on (who knows why) five Golden Rings. After a discussion I remembered that I’d seen an interpretation of this song as a mnemonic of sort for foundational Christian theological ideas. Wikipedia doesn’t agree […]

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The Railway Children and the Boxcar Children

December 10, 2009

The dinner party conversation goes like this:Them: So what do you do?Me: I’m working on my PhD.Them: In what?Me: English Literature and Theology. Sometimes the conversation stops right there and they change the subject or hurry away..but if they show interest the conversation continues a little like this,Them: What are you writing about?Me: E.Nesbit, she’s […]

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uneasy bedfellows?: Film Criticism and the Christian worldview

September 7, 2009

I’ve been thinking about Film Criticism and the Christian viewer lately. While it is a little older now, especially in terms of the speed with which the Blogosphere moves. I thought it best to share a few links. In the wake of this year’s Oscars Christ and Pop Culture reposted their interview with Tom Snyder […]

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Goannatree’s Purpose

September 3, 2009

I thought it time to get back to basics with a fundamental post on the basic premises of this blog. My stated aim, as seen over there on the sidebar at right is that this blog is about: Examining faith, the Bible, and theology,in the context of literature,popular culture and current affairs. I should note […]

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Guest Post: Rose Bexar on On Listening Critically, Part 1: Taking Stock of a New Fandom

August 16, 2009

Today I bring you another guest post. Actually, this is the first part of a two-parter. This time I welcome Dr Rose Bexar, new;y minted PhD, medievalist, and scholar of fandom! I guarantee you will learn a great deal about Die Prinzen and that’s just for starters! This is an insightful examination of what it […]

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Questioning Christian culture?

August 14, 2009

A few months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the music of Ross King. Thoughtful, funny, insightful, and hopeful, with a little bit of bite, King’s lyrics appeal to me. I thought i’d share this song, written in 1995, OPEN LETTER TO THE CHRISTIAN SUBCULTURE. If I tap your shell will I find […]

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Philosophy and Pop Culture; or, Why Watching Monty Python is the best preparation for Philosophy 1000

August 13, 2009

In a 2007 article Asma argues that philosophy is increasingly paying attention to pop culture. In the Chronicle of Higher Education article, Looking Up From the Gutter: Philosophy and Popular Culture Stephen T. Asma wrote of his, and his discipline growing interest in the interesections between philosophy and pop culture. (you may need to access […]

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Christianity raw and honest in a graphic novel?

August 11, 2009

Seth T. Hahne, generally Nowheresville, USA, has written a very interesting post over at Christ and Pop culture about the work of graphic novellist Kevin Huizenga.

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