Posts Tagged ‘christianity’

Body Modification and Ethics: A Helpful Framework

If you aren’t reading Mere-O Notes, you really ought to be. Perhaps it is presumptuous to use an ‘ought’ so early in a discussion of ethics, but so be it. Really, go check it out. It is some of the best content curating on the web from an evangelical perspective. How do we evaluate...
May 17th, 2013 | Ethics | Read More

Giving Up: The Significance of Sacrifice

I’ve been contemplating a new life motto: “I give up.” I consider this not in a self-loathing or self-pitying way, and this is not to say I don’t believe in my value or abilities (to an extent). Rather, I think of it in a relational way, a spiritual way, even, considering certain...
April 4th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

An Interview With Lars Walker

Editor’s note: See our review of  Troll Valley by Lars Walker here. EO: Hi Lars, thanks for taking the time to do this interview for us.  I’d like to ask a couple questions about Troll Valley first, then about Christian Fantasy in general.   First, is Troll Valley based on a true story? LW:...
March 22nd, 2013 | Book Reviews, Media | Read More

Do I Want a Theologian or Philosopher?

When I was at Biola University, a conservative evangelical Bible college including the Talbot School of Theology, one of my anthropology professors talked about how Talbot professors served to screen every incoming professor in every discipline so that there was not accidentally an anarchist-feminist-atheist-environmentalist...
March 14th, 2013 | Education, Philosophy | Read More

Pastors, Elders and… Tim Tebow?

Celebrities are an odd phenomenon. There is little that these people do to earn the love of the masses—usually some demonstration of physical prowess to entertain an audience. Oddly, these people are expected to be role models for our children, to rise above what is expected of an average citizen and...
March 7th, 2013 | Culture, Religion | Read More

‘The Game’ and Christianity: A Tree by its Fruit

Christianity and hip-hop seem to be converging lately. There has been a flurry of discussion surrounding a number of artists, both Christian and otherwise. We’ve seen major mainstream attention focus in on Lecrae and his releases in the last year or so, and the discussion there has centered around...
October 23rd, 2012 | Music, Religion | Read More

Owning Our Faults

A few days ago, this post showed up in my email (I subscribe to the blog). In it, the author, Joshua, (who is a non-religious Jewish atheist) makes a strange assertion that took me a while to come to grips with: That the Christian Church has a history of antisemitism, that this antisemitism persists...
September 28th, 2012 | Evangelicals, Featured, Judaism, Religion | Read More

Titles, “Christians,” and Shots in the Dark

One morning a coworker of mine, Kenneth, was expressing his vehement distaste for Christians when he suddenly turned to me and said, “Oxenham, you’re a Christian, right?” I replied, “I’m not quite sure what you mean by ‘Christian,’ but I do love Jesus immensely.”...
September 14th, 2012 | Featured, Religion | Read More

The Death And Life Of Great Britain

Only one televised event in history was worse than the London Olympics opening ceremony:  The London Olympics closing ceremony.  While the opening ceremony had some genuinely fun and entertaining moments, the closing ceremony reminded anyone familiar with British history and culture that the end has...
August 21st, 2012 | Culture, History, Music, Religion, The Gospel | Read More

Predictability and Familiarity

The entertainment industry, at least insofar as it is involved in telling stories, seeks to give us stories with twists. People jump through hoops to avoid spoiling stories; yes, sometimes people intentionally spoil stories, but those people are mean. We care about the sudden narrative shift, and we...
August 15th, 2012 | Featured, Film, Religion, The Gospel | Read More