The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2018

A list of our favorite things from 2018.

The CAPC 25 for 2018 Finale Part 1: Finalizing the List

Our staff debates about what reflected the good, the true, and the beautiful in 2018 and narrows it down to an unranked list of the Top 25.

CAPC’s Most-Read Articles of 2018

The most-read article list is a check of our readership’s pulse, so to speak.

George Bailey at the Bridge: The Costly Virtue of It’s a Wonderful Life

If we’re not willing to give of ourselves for the communities in which God has placed us, what will be the cost of the absence of our virtue?

CAPC Writers Reflect on Christmas Traditions

Our writers share how traditions shape their Christmas celebrations.

In The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the Coen Brothers Show Love for the Good Book

By playing to the canon in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, while at once forging their own trail, the Coens manage to both nod to and question the orthodoxy of what we’ve been told about the grand ‘ole world of outlaws and guns and rickety wagons.

The Decentering Power of Kim’s Convenience

Watching a show like Kim’s Convenience is a helpful exercise for anyone in the dominant culture to experience the decentering of whiteness and the elevation of stories from the margins.

Want People to Understand Your Political and Religious Beliefs? Support and Share Good Art

More often than not, information alone doesn’t change one’s mind. Stories do.

Finding the Joke in Beautiful, Horrible People

We’re all beautiful, horrible people, and with both of these realities in mind we can ask, “What’s the joke?”

Pondering the Point of (Amazon’s) Forever

Why do we do the things we do, and what end do our lives serve?

Low’s Double Negative and the Beauty of Damage

Courageous artists remind us that earthly beauty is always damaged.

Iron Fist and the Cultivation of Humility

What is the corrosive, and addictive, nature of power? And how does one learn to wield it well?

Brett Kavanaugh, Willful Ignorance, and the Pop Culture of the 1980s

Movies like 9 to 5 belie Justice Kavanaugh’s notion that men of the ’80s had no choice but to conform to the patterns of the era’s most boorish comedies.

The Vocation of Parenthood

I did not choose to become a parent so much as I was made a parent by forces larger and greater than I could ever fathom or control.

When Cops Make Mistakes: Thinking through Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give reminds us to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.

Thanos the Maniac

Thanos is a maniac in the sense used by G. K. Chesterton in his classic work Orthodoxy.