Chromatica is the Song of the Exiled

By Taylor Ott As a long-time Lady Gaga stan, one of the most interesting things to me about Gaga’s music has always been the way in which her Catholic background provides context and language for so much of her work. Sometimes it is a prominent part of the subject material, sometimes it shows up in…

The Sectarian Review Interviews Hood Scholar (Dr. Travis Harris)!

Hello Everyone! Many of you have heard of the Sectarian Review podcast before. The host, Danny Anderson, has written some pieces for us (see an example here), and has often featured our work on his show. Recently, he had Dr. Travis Harris (“Hood Scholar”) on to talk about his work in on Hip Hop, Religion,…

Reading Religious Texts as a “Cinematic Universe”

By Jake Doberenz Cinematic universes are becoming more and more a part of our movie watching experience. Vast movie series sharing storylines, characters, and whole mythological worlds are the latest cash grab storytelling tactic to hit the big screens. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, clearly the most famous cinematic universe in existence right now, has a whopping…

Rape and Consent in Genesis 34 and RED TENT: Part One

By Princess O’Nika Auguste We have been told the story of Dinah and how she was defiled by a Canaanite prince. However, in the popular culture hit miniseries, Red Tent, it was portrayed as a love story.  A brutal rape has been turned into a romantic fairytale. It was highly unlikely for Dinah to have…

Love, Home, and Dissonance in THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO

By Alex Sosler Jimmie Fails IV overhears two upwardly mobile, white girls contemplating a move to East LA out of this “dead city.” “Excuse me,” he interrupts, “You can’t hate San Francisco.” He asks, “Do you love it? … You don’t get to hate it unless you love it.” The recent film The Last Black…

The Sectarian Review Podcast Discusses THEOLOGY AND THE MARVEL UNIVERSE

Our friend Danny Anderson over at the Sectarian Review podcast was kind enough to host a discussion of the Theology and the Marvel Universe book  with Rev. Will Rose of God Loves Geeks and volume editor Dr. Gregory Stevenson. Click here to listen to the interview. Use discount code LEX30AUTH20 on the publisher’s website for a…

Green Lantern: Toward an Imaginative Theology

By Corey Patterson This May marks the eightieth anniversary of the superhero known as the Green Lantern. First introduced as the mantle of a railroad engineer named Alan Scott, the character has since evolved to incorporate new concepts, powers, and people, making it one of the most dynamic superhero titles in comic book history. It…

Never Worn White

By Princess O’Nika Auguste On March 5th 2020, one of my favourite pop singers, Katy Perry, released her song Never Wore White in which she reveals her pregnancy and where she discusses her relationship with actor Orlando Bloom. It is a beautiful song, but I believe that song is very problematic. In the song, Katy…

I Am Not Okay With This and Our Responses to Trauma

By The Reverend Christopher West Time to catch up on Netflix recommendations has been a tremendous gift, even though it has been afforded to us by difficult circumstances. One of the most important gifts we can give ourselves during this period of collective trauma (namely: the Covid-19 pandemic) is time – time to rest, recuperate,…