Everything Sad Is Untrue: Scheherezade and Rivers of Blood

It is a thousand and one stories woven together in a tapestry, a Persian rug, of beauty.

Station Eleven: The Virtue of Being an Artist and Answering Death with Beauty

At the heart of Station Eleven is a conflict between affirmation of Life and negation of Life. Affirmation wins.

Pride, Panache, and Paradox in Cyrano

Cyrano reminds us that most of us could use a little panache.

Station Eleven: The Virtue of Risky Hospitality and Making Monsters into Friends

Rebuilding civilization requires hospitality to strangers, whether they show up cold and dirty on your doorstep, or warm and tiny in your womb.

The Pains and Promises of Parenthood in Fredrik Backman’s Beartown

An encouraging and hopeful story about the realities of facing and embracing the respective pains and promises of parenthood.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and the Spiritual Lessons of Dark Lords

By compromising the connection between player and hero-protagonist, Shadow of Mordor sets up the player to identify as the villain, with no prior warning.

Station Eleven: The Virtue of Helping Even When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

Healing doesn’t require a degree. But it does require a willingness to share someone’s suffering.

Myth, Mountains, and Mysticism: Till We Have Faces and Christian Storytelling

Till We Have Faces expresses the way in which Christian storytelling at its best has the potential to work upon people.

Why Sincere Self-Awareness Leads to Stasis in Beautiful World, Where Are You

In Beautiful World, Where Are You, Rooney’s characters stay in a state of perpetual moral paralysis so as to avoid falling to their knees.

The Aviator: How Memory, Love, and Art Transform the World

In The Aviator, Vodolazkin redirects our attention away from history as a sequence of ideological movements and towards the individual actions of human beings, each imbued with eternity.

Station Eleven: Why We Long for the Clarity of Disaster and the Safety of Home

Station Eleven focuses on the clarity that the pandemic’s disaster affords, and the way people re-make their sense of “home” after the damage.

CAPC’s Most-Read Articles of 2021

Here’s what everyone was reading at Christ and Pop Culture in 2021.

Dune and Disaster, or, Why Charismatic Leaders Should Come with a Warning Label

Like Paul in Dune, we can fall into the trap of moral expediency—the temptation to care more about winning than about holiness and humble service. 

Fictional Evangelicalism: On Reading Daniel Silliman’s Reading Evangelicals

Silliman argues that each of these stories prefigures the current crisis within evangelicalism.

Loving the God of Little Things

Thank God for the small comforts and consolations that pierce us to the heart with joy—the little things.

Persuasion 228 | What We Make of Destiny

If the will of God is certain, do our daily actions matter? Erin and Hannah explore the role of destiny and free will in this episode of Persuasion.