Fake Plastic Selves

One of the most unfortunate phrases in the English language is “He’s only human.” The assumption lurking behind it is that humanity is akin to weakness, like a crutch, and is therefore something to be ashamed of. I touch on this in the book I am currently writing: A proper Christology reminds us that receiving heavenly […]

Extremism, Flowers, and the Powers that Be

If you take a strong position on some issue, or on cultural/political matters in general, it is easy to label those on the other side as “extremists” or “reactionaries” (while failing to see that they might be passing the exact same judgment on you). For example, I remember when the O.J. Simpson verdict was about […]

Police and Wannabe Soldiers

Piggybacking on our latest podcast, I thought I’d post this clip from John Oliver’s HBO show, Last Week Tonight. In it he addresses the shooting of Michael Brown and chides the Ferguson Police Department and mayor’s office both for their deplorable handling of the situation, but also for ridiculous weapon-envy: “The police are troublingly dressed like […]

What Biebers Me: Ideological Xenophobia

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll note that I have made a few changes around here, one of which is the new tagline: Culture / Politics / Religion / Bieber. Why “Bieber”? Well, I was  toying with the idea of actually writing a weekly post about the annoying little Canadian, but decided instead to treat […]