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CAPC Magazine Issue 4 of 2020: Traditions

In this year’s final issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, our authors look to classic Christmas tales, newer interpretations of favorite stories, and unlikely holiday viewing choices to remind us of the intangible truths wrapped up in our Christmas traditions.

Maybe the Real War on Christmas Was the Friends We Made along the Way

The backlash against O’Reilly’s 2004 fabrication of “The War on Christmas” was as swift as his declaration of it to exist.

The Mandalorian Recap: I Am Your Father (Season 2, Episode 8)

In the untrained hands of one so powerful as Grogu, the Force is a recipe for calamity.

Beethoven Broke My Arm: A Pandemic Tale

Perhaps it was inevitable that, back when I was looking forward to a summer of attending and reviewing performances of all nine symphonies, it was all about to crash and burn.

Seeing and Believing 274 | Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland and Disney+’s The Mandalorian

Wade is joined by Steve Norton of ScreenFish.net to discuss Nomadland, the new film from Chloé Zhao, and The Mandalorian Season 2.

The Strokes in 2020: Excluding Impatience and Embracing The New Abnormal

Goodness takes time, so why not live with hopeful ambiguity instead of bitter snap judgement?

Mona Haydar Challenges Authoritarianism

As Mona Haydar makes clear, faith which worships human authority and depends on rules for other people is a form of godliness only, not the real thing.

Fatman: The Sleigh, the Truth, and the Life

In Fatman, we root for depressed and weary Santa as the underdog, unaware a highly trained assassin is coming for him; yet we’re given hope through hints of his supernatural powers to fight injustice.

Longing for Mercy: Cobra Kai and the Meaning of Christmas

Cobra Kai’s lack of mercy on display makes us look for a different way, which the Christmas tradition provides. Christmas is all about mercy.

The Mandalorian Recap: Sacrificing the Sacred (Season 2, Episode 7)

We’ve had to do what we’ve had to do, which meant saying goodbye, for a time, to the good things—even some of the sacred things—in order to survive.

Bent Out of Shape: The Ring of Power and the Wraithing of Humanity

Power is no thing to love, only to bear with, as Tolkien teaches us.

Christian Storytelling and the Upsidedown Shadowlands

“Further up and further in” is an imaginary concept, informed by legend and myth, and also Scripture. These are invitations for all to partake in bigger experiences, conversations, joy, and peace.

Seeing and Believing 273 | David Fincher’s Mank and Eshom and Ian Nelms’ Fatman

Wade is joined by Aaron White of the Feelin’ Film Podcast, to discuss Mank, the new movie from David Fincher, Mank and Mel Gibson’s Fatman.

Jingle Jangle: A Display of Black Hope This Christmas Season

Jingle Jangle is a family-friendly, fantastical musical picture that adds a unique warmth to the mystical season portrayed by African Americans.

The Mandalorian Recap: Boba Fight! (Season 2, Episode 6)

This episode did for Boba Fett what Rogue One did for Darth Vader.

Knives Out in “the American Church”

How can we endure, persevere, and cultivate in a moment when “the American church” is marked more by public wreckage than unity?