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Theology and Pop Culture “A”

Okay, okay. This isn’t actually my series. In fact, Stephen Hale started the series on Wednesday with a post entitled Theology and Pop Culture 1: Why?. I think he will do a great job of the series, but I wanted to throw in my own two cents. I labeled this one “A” not because I necessarily intend to continue in my own series, but because I wanted to distinguish my own apocryphal posts from his canonical series. Continue reading


Theology & Pop Culture 1: Why?

I’ve written a good deal about the intersection between theology and pop culture lately. (See this on Christan Bale and sin, this on P. Diddy and evangelism, or this or this on Lady Gaga’s “Judas”) This seems trivial at first. It’s certainly fun. However, I think it’s also very important. Continue reading

Self-Control Says Yes and No When It Wants To

It seems that alcohol is a very popular topic of conversation. Some months ago, I did a series on Christianity and alcohol (here, here, and here). Because people seem to keep finding those posts on Push of Pikes, I thought that I would revisit the subject after more mature consideration. Although the original post was nominally about “gray areas,” I really wanted to talk about alcohol and so I will jump straight to the point. Continue reading

Firm Opinions and Strong Decisions

Today, I wanted to share something from G. K. Chesterton’s Heretics. In our pursuit of objectivity, we examine the facts and try to see what jumps out of them without our attempt to interpret them; in our pursuit of objectivity, we survey data to see what unbiased analysis proves. As we try to be open-minded, we will find our minds closing when we make conclusions. Continue reading

The Pluck of the Irish

St. Patrick’s Day was this week. As I am of Irish extraction, I thought it appropriate to address the occasion. I will deal with the light and airy things first. Continue reading

On Truth and Friendship

This was originally posted over at my personal blog, but felt it would be relevant and interesting to post here before deciding on any potential future series posts.

“Though we love the truth and our friends, reverence is due to the truth first.”

-Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
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On Imposing Categories

One problem that we have when we approach a text, especially one of ancient origin, is that we bring our own questions and possible answers to the discussion. Often we forget that our questions are not universal, and the ancient author may have never even considered those possibilities. This is not only limited to the ancient; in fact, we do it daily with people who are still alive. First, a few ancient examples, and then a brief assessment of a similar problem today.
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