Religion Dispatches has an interesting article up this morning entitled “When the Gods Die: Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett Take the 70s With Them” by Anthea Butler. Butler is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester and teaches in the areas of African American religious history, American religious history, and women and gender [...]
Archive for June, 2009
Unless you’re working the night shift and have just woken up for work, you probably already know that Michael Jackson, the self-proclaimed King of Pop, died earlier this afternoon of a heart attack. Since his passing, the cable news networks have been debating his place in music history: who is greater Elvis, The Beatles, or [...]
What do Buddhism, the drug age, the automobile, and Pentecostalism have in common? In different ways, they have all influenced the current state of Christianity in North America. In her latest book, The Great Emergence, Phyllis Tickle explores the challenges to and changing nature of Christianity in the 21st century.
At the Transforming Theology conference at Claremont this spring, Tripp Fuller and I interviewed the participants, asking them a series of questions submitted through the conference’s website. We surprised them with a final, unscripted question: “What’s your favorite film?” If these theologians could argue the existence of God and a range of Christologies, this question [...]
Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting a local artist, Pamela Blotner, works in sculpture, drawing, and illustrations. Hopefully, she’ll be offering some courses on religion/spirituality and the arts at the Graduate Theological Union through the Center for Arts and Religious Education in the near future. She occasionally teaches at Pixar as well. Check out [...]
The middle-aged boys of Green Day continue they’re singular positions as composers of punk opera, as explained in this review from Richard Lindsay.
One of the great things about TCM is that they show the sublime and the absurd. Most of the latter screens late on Friday and Saturday nights. One of the films in its recurring Underground series that aired this spring was The World’s Greatest Sinner…a.k.a. “The World’s Worst Movie.”