Articles By: Joi Weaver

Seeing In New Ways: a debate about art and iconography at Christmas

Yesterday, Katrina Fernandez posted a piece on the Patheos network entitled “ ‘Haute Spere’ Is a Hot Mess.” I stumbled across this post when Elizabeth Scalia, known online as The Anchoress, posted the link on Twitter. Ms. Fernandez posted a picture of a new installation at the Cathedral...
December 9th, 2011 | Other | Read More

All For One, Not One For All: Thoughts on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy

“It is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” This age-old attitude is at the heart of the drama in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, which begins with the international best-seller, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. A confession:...
October 11th, 2011 | Art & Literature, Book Reviews, Culture, Ethics, Human Rights, Media, Moral Philosophy, Social Justice | Read More

Confessions of a Textrovert

Hello, my name is Joi, and I’m a textrovert. You all know the textroverts: the people who are shy and retiring at parties, who can happily go a week without making a phone call, but who are constantly on Facebook and Twitter, sharing insights, jokes, and random links to things they find interesting....
September 22nd, 2011 | Other | Read More

Caught Between Oxford and Mars

I’ve always wanted to visit Europe; there are so many things there that inspire me, that mark the greatest achievements in the history of mankind. However, I haven’t yet been able to go (the funds have just never worked out), though many of my friends have lived there for a semester or two. I envy...
December 1st, 2010 | Culture, Education, Science | Read More

A Moment of Grace: My Name Is Jerry and the Difficulty of Change

We’ve all seen that film: the middle-aged protagonist, bored with his bourgeois existence, is suddenly captivated by a younger woman who holds the key to the exciting life he wants. After two hours of confusion, emotion, and the casting aside of inhibitions, our protagonist emerges a changed man, willing...
October 4th, 2010 | Culture, Film, Media | Read More

Listen! Ancient Stories and Modern Hearers

“Listen!” It’s almost impossible not to sit up and pay attention when that word is shouted, spoken, or even whispered. It reminds us that what is coming is important, and worth heeding. The great epic poem Beowulf begins with that phrase: “Listen!” While obviously a call to attention, to...
September 14th, 2010 | Art & Literature, Culture, History, Media, Music | Read More

Better to Rule in Hell?

Many people expressed surprise when World Magazine gave the first Hellboy movie a positive review: what could possibly be edifying in a story about a demon who smokes cigars, totes huge guns, and smashes up other demons? If they’d been reading the graphic novels, they wouldn’t have needed to ask. The...
June 2nd, 2010 | Other | Read More

In Defense of Frank Peretti

  (Note: for simplicity, the term “Christian fiction” in this post is used to refer to Evangelical Christian fiction.) Ask many Christians what’s wrong with Christian literature, and you’re likely to get an earful. The list of bad Christian fiction is long, and one author tops...
September 9th, 2009 | Art & Literature, Media | Read More

Do We Need A New Reagan?

In the recent election, one phrase kept cropping up in Republican and conservative circles: “Is _____ the next Reagan?” Many names were offered, from Mitt Romney to Sarah Palin to Bobby Jindal, among others. The Reagan-ness of various individuals was hotly debated, with various people touting...
August 12th, 2009 | Politics, Republicans | Read More

Prayer and Piracy

Since the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Americans have gone pirate-mad. Most don’t realize that piracy remains a real threat. Many people have been taken hostage by pirates in recent years, but this rarely makes the news. Even the recent rescue of Captain Phillips from Somali...
July 23rd, 2009 | Book Reviews | Read More