In all, we published 181 articles in 2023 on Christ and Pop Culture, or roughly an article every other day for 12 months. (For what it’s worth, March 2023 was our most productive month, with 24 articles.) And in keeping with the finest CAPC tradition, we covered an wide array of subject matter, including horror and sci-fi movies, interviews with acclaimed authors, ’70s classics, discussions of gender and marriage, and even some contributions to the Barbenheimer phenomenon.

Needless to say, we’re proud of everything we published, but some articles clearly resonated with our readers more so than others. The following were our most popular articles throughout the year that was 2023.

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The Barbie Movie and Contemporary Feminism’s Likability Factor

This discovery of getting to know someone and liking her, rather than dismissing her out of hand is the real, overarching lesson of the film.

by LuElla D'Amico

It’s Not a Game: Why Consent Isn’t Enough in Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Gabrielle Zevin’s acclaimed novel contains a darker thread that highlights the problem with consent being the be-all and end-all of sexual relationships.

by Gina Dalfonzo

Responding to What Is a Woman?, Part 1: It’s Too Simple for Words

The categories of male/female and man/woman are simply too ancient and fundamental to be tampered with without consequences.

by Alisa Ruddell

Women Talking: The Novel and Film Offering Lament Space for Christian Audiences

In Women Talking, we imagine, with female imagination, how much both men and women stand to lose when they are chained to systems that do not lead to human flourishing.

by Esther Swartzentruber

Dragging Art Upward: Time to Let the “Christian” Movie Die

Good art should be made for our neighbors, and for God Himself—and God doesn’t need to be pandered to.

by Zephram Foster

Responding to What Is a Woman?, Part 3: “It Sucks to Be a Girl”

While many of women’s problems are age-old, what’s changed is the promise of a new solution: the promise of escaping womanhood by adopting a new identity.

by Alisa Ruddell

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin’s Guiding Voices and the Search for Peace

For the Turtle, or anyone who has always been told what to do, losing that direction can be disorienting.

by Chris Fogle

Christ and Pop Culture Reflects on the Legacy of Timothy Keller

Christ and Pop Culture writers present their reflections on how Timothy Keller’s life and thought informed or shaped their own work.

by CAPC Writers

Responding to What Is a Woman?, Part 2: You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Til It’s Gone

Without tradition to protect us, our bodies become subject to the dynamics of the market.

by Alisa Ruddell

Why It’s Important That Barbie Goes to the Gynecologist and Becomes a Real Girl

Underneath Barbie’s hot pink text of third-wave feminism, there’s a juicy subtext that values female embodied experience.

by Guest Contributor

Finding a New Glorious Purpose: Loki and the Failure of Materialism

Materialism mesmerizes us, as it does Loki, because it’s a way to place ourselves at the center of our own little universe composed of people and products that exist to serve us.

by Nathan Fayard

Kaitlyn Schiess’s The Ballot and the Bible Reveals the Complex History of Biblical Interpretation and American Politics

There’s no doubt that we live in a politically divisive era, and sadly, much of that division is driven by biblical interpretation.

by Jason Morehead