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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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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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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When Faith, Patriotism, and Ignorance Meet Fur Coats

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

A group of Americans/Christians/Concerned Individuals gathered at the White House to protest a scheduled Sharia Law Rally last March.  Well, the Sharia people were a no-show, so the crowd took interest in a single Muslim praying in their vicinity.  What ensued was videotaped.

**There is so much in this video, but see if you can spot the following–

  • Randall Terry, a reporter, encouraging Terry Jones with “don’t blink, just do it” in reference to Burn A Quran Day
  • a man shouting “common sense tells you that you cannot love them, kill your enemy, plain and simple,” shortly after which he belts out an Our Father
  • a gentleman holding Starbucks in one hand while shoving a cross in someone’s face with his other
  • a frantic woman battling a praying Muslim with a highly emotional Lord’s Prayer

Ah, the terribly heroic naive woman who attempted to reason with the crowd.  Don’t you love her? God bless her for trying, but I don’t remember us being popular for our diplomacy.

This mixing of faith, patriotism, and ignorance is like taking medication with alcohol– it may be dangerous, it may make us unreasonable, but it sure is entertaining.

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