Halloween… and the Cosmic Violence of the Gospel (again)

[I am re-posting this because it is one of my favorite pieces of writing on the blog… and because it is Halloween, once again] This is the day that Evil gets festive press.  Halloween caricatures Evil, dressing it up rather innocuously in ghostly face paint, plastic masks, fake fangs.  This is the day when it…

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“Media Christology”

My favorite section in TheoMedia is “PART 4 | Media Christology: Jesus, Media Legacies, and Focal Media Practices.” Here are the chapter headings: The Page-Splitting God Who Rips Sky and Veil: An Interlude” Gospel and Incarnation: Jesus as the Ultimate TheoMedium Crucifixion: Cross-Visuality and the Eucharist Resurrection & Ascension: Word-media, Baptism, and Christ as Mediator…

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Our Primary Source for Sex Ed…? Entertainment Media

Relevant Magazine just published an article I wrote on our culture’s sexual pedagogy through screens. The piece draws on a brief “TheoMedia Note” on sex and violence in my new book TheoMedia. Since a number of folks are arriving at Hopeful Realism from Relevant’s site, I thought it might be helpful to compile some other…

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Everything Bad is Good For You… Including Preaching

In researching TheoMedia, I read Steven Johnson’s Everything Bad is Good for You where he takes to task the conventional wisdom that our entire society is “amusing ourselves to death” (so Neil Postman) and reducing our collective minds into media-saturated mush. His claim is that much of this supposedly “bad” stuff in pop-culture is actually…

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