Talking About War: American Mass Media and Christian Theology

This project centers on mass media portrayals of military and warfare in the United States and seeks to reflect upon them through the application of practical theology.  Elements of the Christian theological tradition will serve the current project as a norming influence[1] and ground subsequent proposed responses to the proliferation of speech, warfare depiction, and entertainment that spur militarism.  This project does not intend to determine whether or not war is ever justified; it focuses on the depiction of and speech about warfare in the American media.

Mass Media Portrayals of Warfare

I have compiled the following series of videos, images, and messages produced by the entertainment industry, United States government, and various news outlets.  Examination of these case studies will reveal thematic language, tropes, and characteristics of warfare depiction. Read more “Talking About War: American Mass Media and Christian Theology”

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Malala Yousafzai Is Great And All, But She Isn’t A Christian?

Malala Yousafzai at the Global Education First...
Malala Yousafzai (United Nations)

I just can’t do it.

I was going to write this satirically, but I will not.

I won’t write it because Malala Yousafzai’s remarkable story is filled with strength, hope, and love… the very characteristics of the God that us Christians worship… and too many of my brothers and sisters come armed with Hebrews 11:6. Read more “Malala Yousafzai Is Great And All, But She Isn’t A Christian?”

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Equal Education, Unequal Pay: Gender Wage Gap Infographic

The good people over at Learn Stuff saw the article I wrote about a certain historical, theological perspective on gender.  They wanted to add something to the conversation and asked me to pass along this fantastic infographic on the gender wage gap.  Take a look at it and tell us what you think. Then share. Read more “Equal Education, Unequal Pay: Gender Wage Gap Infographic”

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RE: “Distracted” – Satan Didn’t Post That Picture, I Did.

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DEAR CAITLIN,

Your post blew up today. Christians on Facebook and Twitter have been reposting your article like crazy, which I’m sure has pleasantly surprised you.

You are probably both a kind and intelligent person, but your article is neither of those things. Read more “RE: “Distracted” – Satan Didn’t Post That Picture, I Did.”

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5 “Reasons” Why Atheism Should Be Illegal Instead of Gay Marriage

Our culture has accepted two huge lies: The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

-Rick Warren

And GOD Spake

1. It is a sin. “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).  We cannot vote to uphold sin in another person’s life, even for the sake of getting along.  We need to do what is best for them.

2. It’s natural to believe in God[s]. Just look at the praying mantis… or Justin Bieber fans. Read more “5 “Reasons” Why Atheism Should Be Illegal Instead of Gay Marriage”

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Petition Donald Trump: Give the $5 Million Regardless

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...
Trump, speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Donald Trump launched his “bomb” yesterday; if Barack Obama would release his college transcripts and passport application, Trump would donate $5 million to a charity of Obama’s choice. You can see the video at the bottom of this article if you haven’t watched it yet.

He said that this was a “check I want to write”. Read more “Petition Donald Trump: Give the $5 Million Regardless”

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