In the ancient world humans concocted elaborate myths, often in an attempt to explain the unexplainable or to galvanize a certain tribe around a shared fear of the unknown. Storytelling helped people understand everything from natural phenomena to human behavior. C.S. Lewis held a strong belief in the power of myth, which he shared with friends J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams and others. Christianity, he claimed, was simply the… [more]
It seems like a lot of people respond to Marie Kondo’s KonMari method of organization in the same way I did when I first heard about it: with a mixture of attraction and repulsion. Kondo’s first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, encourages methodically purging and organizing different categories of objects. Her recently published second book, Spark Joy, asks an important question about that purging process, as well as of… [more]
The Hateful Eight is at once one of Quentin Tarantino’s most formally accomplished pictures and his most thematically thin. It’s a gloriously filmed, cleverly structured, 70mm extravaganza, but beyond an ample portion of hate and violence, Tarantino is unable to fill the wide screen with many substantive ideas. Some have argued otherwise, saying that the movie — which gleefully watches a random collection of snowbound,… [more]
Truman Capote first published his book In Cold Blood as a four-part serial in The New Yorker, beginning in September of 1965. The groundbreaking work outlined the grisly murder of four family members in rural Kansas and became one of the most popular true-crime books of all time. In Cold Blood elevated the genre of nonfiction crime stories and took readers on an intimate journey into the minds of killers. In the five decades since, it appears… [more]
We have another video from Calvin College’s ongoing January Series for you, this time of Eboo Patel’s presentation on “Interfaith Leadership: Engaging Religious and Philosophical Diversity in the 21st Century.” An American Muslim of Indian heritage, Patel has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground, and is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a nonprofit… [more]
Barna Group has released a new study surveying the current cultural influence of pornography, including within the church, and it’s not encouraging. If some of you have wondered why we regularly cover the topic here at Think Christian, this is the reason. Nearly 3,000 people participated in Barna’s four online studies, which included in-depth surveys among the general population, American teenagers, Christian pastors and the… [more]
It’s become an unfortunate annual tradition to grouse about the lack of diversity among the nominations for the Academy Awards. In fact, the affront has become so expected that earlier this week The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore did a bit called “A Preview of Upcoming Black Oscar Snubs.” Sure enough, yesterday’s announced Best Picture nominees did disappoint. It’s a very white, very male, very straight list. (In… [more]
We’ve been following Calvin College’s January Series of lectures on faith and culture, and are pleased to bring you video of one of the more engaging talks thus far. “The Renaissance of Christian Thought” reunited four luminaries from Calvin’s past - George Marsden, Richard Mouw, Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff - for a wide-ranging consideration of the state of Christian philosophy, both in the world at… [more]
On the morning that Ryan Green’s son Joel died, Ryan and his pastor went out to the parking lot of the palliative care facility and wept together for 20 minutes. That Dragon, Cancer, a video game created by Ryan, his wife Amy and their friend Josh Larson, tells the story of Joel’s battle with terminal brain cancer. Knowing the end, that Joel “loses,” might dissuade some from playing the game, but That Dragon, Cancer is so… [more]
When I was about 13 and consumed with self-doubt, desperate faith and a terrifying search for purpose, I found a world of adventurous, Jesus-focused music that was far off the pop radar. I dived head first down that rabbit hole, leaving most mainstream music behind. There were a few artists, however, who stayed with me during my sojourn. David Bowie was one. The first full-length rock album I bought with my own money was Queen’s Greatest… [more]
Keith K.: For me, the image of Christ means something, and the bloodshed is happening in the shadow of his cross. Your man of sorrow is in the film and watching over it all.
Andy Guy: Hollywood is sooooooo politically correct these days anyway, they wouldn’t dream of “intentionally” leaving any one group out would they? Oh wait, I don’t remember seeing Woodlawn get any nominations?!?!
Marie Griffith: Too many well-meaning Christian leaders talk about our happiness. How to get happy, stay happy, and put away sadness. As Christ followers our trials ... every painful moment ... allow us to experience God in a deeper way.
Steve V: I pray more Christians can mourn for the injustice that leads to the induced loss of life, and fight for better economic conditions for the poor, fight for better access to birth control, fight to keep families together, fight for better healthcare options for EVERYONE, etc.
Bonnie NIcholas: After doing some studying at the Dominican Center last year, I’ve come to the conclusion that some are called to a special kind of separation from the world.
Dawn: Symbolic, simple, serene, surrounded by their community.