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…

The Life and Death of Angry Birds

The Life and Death of Angry Birds Edwardo Pérez Angry Birds is an interesting cultural phenomenon. What started out as a simple game for smartphones back in 2009 has evolved into eighteen different versions of the game, three different cartoon series, a feature film, and a plethora of merchandise (from plush dolls to Legos). It’s…