pop culture | music

A Professor of Religion in a Time of Pop Power

An academic reflects on her analysis of a boy band, their fans' reactions to it, and the hazards of professional expertise

November 9, 2020

Religion and Literature | Film | Catholicism | pop culture

When a Vow Turns Out to be... a Vow: ‘Fleabag’

Exploring religion's leading role in the hit television series “Fleabag”

April 20, 2020

Film | Ernest Becker | pop culture

Film Resurrections and the Denial of Death

Exploring the resurrection trope in American cinema and what it reveals about us

March 2, 2020

hip-hop | Augustine of Hippo | Kanye West | pop culture | Media | Technology

Hip Hop and Christian Conversion Narratives

What do Kanye and Hip Hop have to do with Augustine of Hippo?

January 30, 2020

art | pop culture

Andy Warhol’s Iconicity

Exploring the religious dimensions of the exhibit, "Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again," currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago

January 27, 2020

pop culture

A Midrash on the Apocalypse

Ed. Note: Spoiler Alert: Details from the sixth and final episode of the recent television adaptation of Good Omens lie ahead. (On the seventh episode, Neil Gaiman rested.)    The satiric television series Good Omens has been both praised and ce...

July 11, 2019

pop culture | Film

Godzilla: Humanity, Spectacle, or Religion? 

Ed. Note: Warning: This column contains major spoilers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.   Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) is the latest American cinematic addition to the Godzilla movie series, an international multimedia franchise owne...

July 8, 2019

pop culture | Sports

God in the Game

Stephen Versus the Game is the most recent TV series to explore the spirituality of a professional athlete—Stephen Curry—in an episode appropriately titled “Faith” (S2:E5). The thirty-minute spot on the Golden State Warriors’ sharpshooter follows a s...

June 27, 2019

pop culture | Evangelicalism

A Pilgrim and Her Progress

I’m not able not to read Jia Tolentino. Initially compelled just by her name, she has easily held my ongoing attention with a prose at once lyrical and smart, and a perspective apposite in its topics and utterly different from my own. She teaches me ...

June 17, 2019

Film | pop culture | astrology

On the Trail of Millennial Religion with Detective Pikachu

Ed. Note: Warning: This column contains major spoilers for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.    The recent film, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019), is the latest cinematic addition to the Pokémon series, the multimedia entertainment franchise that ex...

May 23, 2019