Happenings: Favorites of the Decade from CAPC Staff

The Christ and Pop Culture team highlights some of their personal favorite pop culture artifacts of the past 10 years in the Faves of the Decade series.

‘A Christmas Carol’ for the Cancel Culture

A world that can produce an Ebenezer Scrooge without a merciful God to save and bless us would be a very dark place indeed.

TV & Film Favorites of the Decade from CAPC Staff

The Christ and Pop Culture team highlights some of their personal favorite pop culture artifacts of the past 10 years in the Faves of the Decade series.

Remembering D. C. Fontana, Star Trek’s Woman of Two Worlds

Star Trek writer D. C. Fontana crafted a bridge, from her own liminal experience to the worlds of her audience.

Out of Apathy: The Transcendence of Morality in The Mandalorian

Stories that follow patterns like this show us that no one is really nonessential—they give us a sense that although the world is big, every person is important, no matter their birth, status, role, or function.

The Advent of Holiday RomComs

Holiday RomComs may not be literary classics or tackling the harsh realities of the world, but they are telling stories and offering rest.

Exhibit A Pulls the Rug Out from Under Our Notion of Truth 

In our enthusiasm to defend truth, we have denied a doctrine at the heart of our faith: that we are finite, sin-corrupted creatures with senses and intellect that are both inherently limited by our creatureliness and marred by the introduction of sin into the world.

The Enterprise, Deanna Troi, and the Importance of Mental Health

We can learn from Deanna Troi’s striking example of the importance of normalizing and encouraging mental health.

Rory Williams Is a Misfit Refined by Love

Like Rory Williams in Doctor Who, we are called to show up in the difficult places, called to be near broken people and called to uncomfortable situations.

In Praise of Nog: How the Late Aron Eisenberg Embodied One of Star Trek’s Most Memorable Characters

As Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Aron Eisenberg reminded viewers that strength of character can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

Not Like Me: The Irony of Heeding the Tragic Hero

Simply upholding these tragic hero figures as warnings ultimately cheapens our understanding of both human depravity, and, more consequently, the extent of grace.

The Very “Human” Second Season of Star Trek: Discovery

In season two of Star Trek: Discovery, both the virtues and the flaws of classic Trek’s humanism are on display.

Kim’s Convenience and Finding Solace in Imperfect Parenting

No matter the culture, parents will always be parents, and the fears that cling to us that we might be doing irreversible damage to our children—whom we love more than life itself—reflect back to us in the best stories about families with children.

The Suffering Service of Jim Hopper

And, as inevitably as Hopper strives against the darkness of the Upside Down, he also struggles to choose the higher goods before him.

‘Bigger on the Inside’: How Gateway Fantasy Gives Space to Our Longings

No one who journeys through a magic portal or gateway or liminal space in such a story believes the world or worlds on the other side will be smaller.

Empathy, Compassion, and Giving Back in the Geek Community

Dungeons and Dragons is a game deeply rooted in empathy; seeing it used to urge compassion should inspire us all.