Learning from David Bowie

Learning from David Bowie “It was his life’s work to show us that we are unknown to ourselves, and that being thrown into question by this alien dimension of ourselves is really a message, as if from on high, that there is freedom and joy and perhaps even peace to be found in being otherwise…

Hair and Hedonism, Trolls the Movie

Hair and Hedonism, Trolls the Movie By Andrea Zanin Originally cave-dwelling cretins roaming the annals of Scandinavian folklore, trolls – dense in constitution as well as intellect, unchristian and dangerous – were ripped from their mythological home by Thomas Dam in 1959 and ejected into the Danish town of Gjøl. Too poor to afford a…

Choosing Humanity in The 100

Choosing Humanity in The 100 Edwardo Pérez How do we define humanity? Borrowing from feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir (who suggested that women are made, not born), we might ask: are we born with our humanity or is it something that society creates for us? If it’s the former, why is it so difficult to…

God’s Not Dead and Reverse Scapegoating

Check out the discussion of God’s Not Dead and reverse scapegoating here. “The culture wars of Pat Buchanan and God’s Not Dead undermine this idea that we do not need an Enemy, for they would not know how to make America or Christianity great without some threat that is implicitly in the way of making…

The Unworthy Thor: Humility and Worthiness

The Unworthy Thor Humility and Worthiness By Armond Boudreaux ***Major Spoilers follow for The Unworthy Thor.***   “I’ll bet the Hulk could lift Thor’s hammer.” My oldest son said this several years ago when I first introduced him to superheroes. (It’s a fairly common mistake, thinking that Mjolnir is so heavy that only the very…