Category: Culture

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Making Culture by Doing Good

Christians and Culture Humans are cultural beings. Throughout history, humans have excelled at making and changing the tapestry of their cultures. Cultures are dynamic and constantly shifting with the changing of authorities – not only shifting governmental authorities, but also shifting […]


On the Pure, Logical Atheism of House of Cards

[HOUSE OF CARDS SPOILER ALERT THROUGH SEASON 3, EPISODE 4] Have you seen House of Cards? It’s not a show for the faint of heart. While some of its portrayal of American politics is fairly outlandish, watching Francis Underwood, the protagonist […]


“Secular” Christianity?

Two articles caught my eye this weekend. The first was an article on recent comments made by Richard Dawkins about his affinity for some Christian traditions. In response to a question from an audience member that stated he called himself a […]

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What is the Future of Protestantism?

Is There a Future For Protestantism? The future of Protestantism is a hot topic lately in academic circles. Maybe you have been tuned into the panel discussion titled “The Future of Protestantism” facilitated by Biola University and the Torrey Honors Institute, […]


Why Public Debates Matter

Tonight, two icons (in their own way) will be facing off in a debate about the origins of the universe. Bill Nye is the Science Guy who will be presenting an argument for the truthfulness of evolutionary claims considered by Ken […]


Os Guinness and the Public Square

Recently, I have been systematically reading through the works of Os Guinness. In particular, his writings on the American founding fathers and the global public square. For those unfamiliar with Guinness, he is a social critic who has written at length […]


Desire and the Death of Autonomy

Today marks our first day that we delve into a basic rundown of René Girard’s Mimetic Theory. Some of it will sound a little theoretical, but by the end (within the next three or four weeks) I am hoping to show […]


Macklemore, Lorde, and the Protest against Excess

I’m a big fan of a lot of current hip-hop and pop music. Like huge. Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Lorde, you get the picture. Some of it is pretty ridiculous (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” comes to mind). […]


Discovering Girard

Over the next few weeks, I’d like to write a couple of posts that give a basic overview of René Girard’s Mimetic Theory, using Michael Kirwan’s Discovering Girard as a sort of template to guide me in the process. As these posts are […]


Total Depravity & Homosexual Orientation

I was wondering when someone would break the ice on this blog concerning the homosexuality topic. Thank you Esther Moore for finally getting the ball rolling. I would like to contribute to the dialogue by focusing on a certain aspect of […]


Born That Way?

Last week a history making event happened in the Boy Scouts. They elected to allow openly gay boys to join their ranks. This along with the Equal Rights movement is forcing believers to look at the issue a little harder and […]


Star Trek: Into Darkness Brings Balance to the Force

Star Trek Into Darkness—a film Star Wars fans have been looking forward to for a long time. J.J. Abrams’ sequel to the critical and financial hit Star Trek, has been generating more anticipation from pseudo-Jedi Warriors than Trekkies these days. This […]