COVID-19 Is Our Monster and Our Mirror

COVID-19 has become our society’s most recent real-life monster.

Gardeners’ World and the Object of Attention

A good world that begs—and begets—attention is on display in Gardeners’ World.

Alvin Kelly and the Flagpole Sitters of the 1920s: They Weren’t Sick, but They Weren’t Well…

It was the 1920s, and it felt like humanity could do anything—and it took the opportunity to do really stupid stuff, like pass off urinals as art, chase after nascent fascism, and—yes—sit around on flagpoles for days at a time.

CAPC Magazine Issue 1 of 2020: Reaping Time

If we reap what we sow, shouldn’t we pay more careful attention to where we invest our time and efforts? Let’s look at that together in this issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine.

COVID Clashes with Capitalism Culture and a Return to School

The most viable option is to plaster the invaluable image of God onto our neighbors, listen to their needs and concerns, and strive to outdo one another in love in whatever capacity we can.

Videogames Probably Don’t Cause Violence, but They Sure Seemed like a Good Scapegoat in 1993

Joking aside, though, I’m sure you’re wondering—do violent videogames cause violence? The answer, according to science, is “Well, mayb…no. Prolly not.”

History Is Written by the Losers

The lesson is that if we don’t tell the true stories, if we fail to pass them down to future generations, the lies will rush into the vacuum and take over.

The Sisters Who Pulled a Prank and Accidentally Started a Religion

For Kate (age ten) and Maggie (age fourteen), the whole thing started as a harmless prank, but evolved into a movement of millions trying to talk to the dead.

School Reopening Dilemma Is an Education in Itself

The issue of reopening schools has raised a question we’ve been putting off for far too long: what is the purpose of public education?

How Lava Lamps Made Sex Boring Again

Walker described the lamp as “Freudian” and evocative of the primordial ooze, because apparently no one bothered to take him aside and say, “It’s just a lamp, Ed.”

How a Global Pandemic Exposes Our Desire for Authority

COVID-19 forces us to ask, who deserves authority and how is that authority granted?

McCarthyism Was Driven by a Lot of Bluster, Paranoia, and Hearsay, Which for Legal Purposes Is a Fact Unrelated to the Present Political Moment

These hearings, like everything McCarthy had done up to this point, were fueled mainly by McCarthy’s desire to further his own career.

Believing What We Want: Conspiracy Theories and the Gospel

Our hearts, bodies, and minds need to desire the right things, so that when we are confronted with information that plays on alternate desires and fears we are not persuaded.

Why Tickle Me Elmo Is the Key to Understanding Our Current Political Chaos (Sort Of)

It was obviously a touch ironic that Sesame Street, as a show created for poor inner-city kids, was inspiring such rabid suburban consumerism, but at the time, it was actually exactly what Sesame Street needed.

Understanding & Lamenting Racial Injustice: CAPC Staff Recommendations

Pop culture is a powerful force for change, and these picks from Christ and Pop Culture staff members are a great place to start.

Athletes Aren’t Activists, but Who Else Will Lead?

Athletes shouldn’t be burdened with becoming our culture’s activist leaders.