Category: Social Trends

Why Lego’s wheelchair minifigure is fearfully and wonderfully made

A new Lego minifigure has been greeted with celebration, even though it has nothing to do with Star Wars or superheroes. Instead, this figurine is of a young man in a wheelchair sporting a hoodie and beanie cap. Lego had previously released a minifigure of an elderly man in a wheelchair for their Duplo line, but that received criticism from disability activists for reinforcing the stereotype that wheelchairs are…  [more]

The overlooked virtue of Marie Kondo

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…  [more]

Eboo Patel on interfaith leadership

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…  [more]

Barna study details porn’s pervasive influence – including in the church

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,…  [more]

Do Christians underestimate fiction?

I’m not one to worry about those aspects of modern life that threaten good old-fashioned reading. After all, even though I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 7 and though I studied English and writing in college and though I’ve spent a career as an editor and a writer, I wasn’t a big reader as a kid. Though I did read and liked it — the click of the syntax, the weaving of sentences,…  [more]

The great American identity crisis

On Sunday, my church transitioned from a church plant to an independently organized congregation. As part of this milestone, we remembered how our church was started and the people and events that shaped its character. We told stories about what brought each of us to the church, we worshipped together with our parent church and their council prayed over our newly commissioned one. This personal experience of communal…  [more]

Is the gender-swapping Twilight the best thing to come out of the franchise?

At first blush, Stephenie Meyer’s gender-swapping, 10th-anniversary edition of Twilight - called Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined - is the dumbest idea of all time. High-school girl Bella is now high-school boy Beau and vampire Edward is now vampiress Edythe. A friend who is reading Life and Death would add that even at second, third and fourth blush, it’s a dumb idea. After all, characters are who…  [more]

The particular place of shame when Christian campuses confront rape

For those with the emotional strength to endure it, Lady Gaga’s newest video, “Til It Happens to You,” is the kind of protest art that can’t be ignored. As graphic portrayals of sexual assaults against college women flash on the screen, Gaga sings, “Til it happens to you, you won't know, it won't be real.” The sad truth remains that far too many women can relate to the…  [more]

Vox’s Victorian couple and living with authenticity

A fun feature of our information age is how easy it is to access documents, ideas and even objects from other times. Even a few years ago someone might have combed antique stores for years to find something that is now available for purchase (or maybe several!) on eBay or Etsy. Researching at a distant archive can be done through an online database. There is something delightful about using cutting-edge technology to…  [more]

Duke students, trigger warnings and cultural engagement

At the start of this new school year, one story making headlines concerns the incoming Duke freshmen who have refused to read the graphic novel Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel, which was on a recommended (though not required) reading list for incoming students. Citing the book’s depiction of sexuality, student Brian Grasso has said that reading it would “compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs.”…  [more]

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