Sports and Play in Christian Theology

By John Tucker Sport is a major preoccupation of the modern world. It consumes the time and energies of millions of people around the globe. It shapes the identity of individuals, communities, and nations.[1] For many participants, it operates much like a functional equivalent of religion, giving them a way to interpret and understand the…

Conspiracy as Evangelical Liturgy

By Danny Anderson An Opening Salvo Though too few media outlets cover it, there is in fact a sober and intellectually serious strain of Christianity in America. Revenue imperatives will probably always drive the media to focus on what historian John Fea refers to as the “Court Evangelicals” and other bizarre artifacts from the fringes of…

The Films of Wes Anderson and a Time for Everything

By Joshua Hollmann and Honor Students of Concordia College New York Wes Anderson is a designer of cinematic worlds of meaning. I recently taught the seminar “The Movies and Meanings of Wes Anderson” for the Fellows Honor Program at Concordia College New York. The course is related to my forthcoming book Theology and Wes Anderson for the…

LUCIFER and the Female God

By Princess O’Nika Auguste Lucifer ​is one of my favorite current television shows. It has everything that someone could want: humor, horror, magic, romance, and action. ​Lucifer ​focuses on Lucifer Morningstar, the Devil himself, who has abandoned his role as Ruler of Hell because he is bored and unhappy. He also leaves Hell to defy his father, God….

Watchmen and 2020 Politics

Hello everyone! Recently, I was invited by John Anthony Dunne to join him on The Two Cities podcast to discuss HBO’s Watchmen series. The podcast is about 48 minutes. We discuss the original Watchmen graphic novel and the politics of the Cold War, the Watchmen TV show’s intersection with our current political climate, and we…

Halloween (2018) in the Age of #MeToo

By JR. Forasteros Is there a more-maligned genre than horror? When master of horror fiction Stephen King won the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a Yale professor complained, He is a man who writes what used to be called penny dreadfuls. That they could believe that there is any literary value…

Calling All Saints: We Need a Lent for Halloween

By Danny Anderson Growing up a low-church Protestant, I had a tragically shallow liturgical education. When I moved to New York City in my mid 20s and first saw Catholics with ash on their foreheads on that particular Wednesday, I was utterly confused and thought I had wandered into an episode of The Twilight Zone.  For…

Who Has a Problem with Evil? Halloween, Fascism, and Theodicy

By Danny Anderson Ted Bundy is once again having a moment.  The current interest in his story can be traced to two new productions: Netflix’s four-part documentary series Conversations with a Killer, and the film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile which recently premiered at Sundance and stars Zac Efron. The critical conversation around the Efron…