However Did You Think of It?

Continuing on the theme of “lowlife authenticity,” Phil Johnson has a great post on that subject this morning. When anyone takes a shot at this foolishness, the cry usually goes up that conservative Christians are sticking their heads in the sand, need to get a clue, and learn to get out of their pious shell. …

Crows Strutting in the Gutter

As we try to understand the disintegration of culture around us, including the prevailing drift of pop culture toward that which is grimy — on the assumption that it is therefore more “authentic” — we have to do some hard thinking about the relationship of flesh and bones. Particulars matter. The way something is enfleshed …

Lowlife Authenticity

Too many parents try to understand the ins and outs of popular culture by trying to study particular artifacts of that culture. But the real thing to get to is the driving engine. What makes it go? What are the foundational presuppositions? If you teach your children to identify those rightly, and to respond in …

Deuteronomy or Democracy?

A recent book that insightfully discusses the defining mythos of America is The Myth of the American Superhero [John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett, Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2002] The authors discuss manifold expressions of that myth, from The Virginian, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and the Lone Ranger, to Spiderman, Jaws, Batman, Star Trek, and …