In a recent piece for NPR’s Cosmos & Culture blog, Adam Frank poses this question: is civilization natural? As Frank ponders the global effects of modern cities, he asks whether we need to reconceptualize standard dichotomies, such as city/country, built environment/wilderness and culture/nature. He notes that we commonly map key values onto this distinction as well, either exalting civilization as holding chaos at bay or vilifying corrupt cities in favor of an unspoiled Eden. Frank suggests,… [more]
This is part of a joint series with Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality, in which we’re considering each installment of The Decalogue. Krzysztof Kieslowski's landmark collection of short films was first released on Polish television in 1989 and is based on each of the Ten Commandments. Links to our other… [more]
As a reference librarian at a suburban public library, I sit at the information desk, waiting to answer patrons’ many different questions. On Friday evenings, the foot traffic slows and a soothing silence descends on my area. Save the soft clattering of the keyboards in the computer lab, it is… [more]
The New York Times published an opinion piece last month by University of Washington professor David Barash, in which Barash reflected on his need each September to discuss science and religion with his first-year biology students. He does this to address the discomfort his students display when he teaches evolutionary… [more]
As eviscerating as you’d expect for a film from director David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club), Gone Girl exposes the increasing power that contemporary society has given to the public image. Who we are – broken, forgiven, still toiling under grace – rarely matters. What’s important is who we… [more]
Much is being made of the commercial success of Lecrae’s Anomaly – as well it should. But beyond the thrill of seeing a thoughtful, artistically adventurous and Gospel-framed artist atop the Billboard charts, Lecrae’s eighth album offers a new generation of artists a fresh template for how they might simultaneously… [more]
“Cultural engagement” is our bread and butter here at Think Christian. With limited resources, we do our best to engage with every square inch of God’s creation. So it was a bit disheartening to see some fellow sojourners in this task recently eye the phrase, if not the practice, with… [more]
On Sept. 17, government officials unveiled a 13-foot-tall statue near the campus of Texas Tech University. The unlikely subject? Former Tech student Tim Cole, who in 1985 was sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping a fellow student - a crime he didn’t commit. Cole spent 13 years behind… [more]
This week the NFL spawned a heated debate about who can be worshipped in the end zone. During Monday’s routing of the New England Patriots, Husain Abdullah, a safety for the Kansas City Chiefs, intercepted a Tom Brady pass and returned it for a touchdown. His performance was the talk… [more]
A new Left Behind movie starring Nicolas Cage opens this Friday. A reboot of the earlier films based on the best-selling novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, this version promises to be “bigger and better.” How can we explain the enduring appeal of this franchise, and rapture theology… [more]
Three years ago my family moved to Austin, Texas. Our very first spring we got a front row seat to the effects of the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, a legacy of former first lady Lady Bird Johnson. In a place known for heat and drought, springtime in Texas kicks… [more]
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Morgan: Change is by far one of the harder things in life to adapt to. I think the song puts it eloquently and I like the reminder that the changes we undergo are usually to make us closer to God.
Tamara Hill Murphy: I think there's a line between "a tradition of specialized analysis" and "specialized self-consciousness."
Jonathan Downie 1: Taking the time to do home cooking ... is almost an act of rebellion. It says that family is far more important than all the stuff we are supposed to be chasing.
Daniel Melvill Jones: As I watched this film I was personally convicted in the ways that I have disobeyed certain commandments in my haste to obey others.
sampeckham: I love U2, I admire Apple and was simply quite joyful they both wanted to let me own the album for free.
bloveland: We are a country of voyeurs and I think the reasons that we revel in celebrity shame are more about our own competitive nature than we would like to admit.