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Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has spoken out against a modern “throwaway culture.” The Holy Father has perceived this culture in a variety of attitudes present today, from consumerist demands for disposable products, to a lack of care for creation, to even the commodification of the human person. In each, the value of a person or good... [Read more...]Macbeth & the Culture of Life
It may seem absurd to leave after seeing director Justin Kurzel’s new adaptation of Macbeth and to think, “Now that’s pro-life.” That is because, true to the Shakespearean original, the film abounds with violence and blackened, gory blood. The eponymous character’s name rhymes with death, and his tragedy traffics in it. A cast of fresh corpses... [Read more...]Culture-War Vertigo? Free-Solo Fear? Mind the Rock
Alex Honnold is a 29-year-old rock climbing prodigy. He is the only climber ever to have completed the Yosemite Triple. That’s 7,000 feet of sheer wall in one day. His climbs are absolutely stunning. Take just one example: Moonlight Buttress, called “Moonlight” for short, a climb with 700 feet of splitter finger crack—that’s climber lingo... [Read more...]What is Culture to the Christian?
Those on the outside have the most to complain about. The political party in the minority criticizes the governance of the majority. The losing team bemoans unfair odds and an unbalanced field. The little guy speaks of what he would do differently if only he were in charge. And, increasingly, we Christians grow frustrated with the decline of culture.... [Read more...]Our Daily Culture Shock
Alienation, nervous excitement, homesick melancholy, wonder, anxiety, isolation—the experience of culture shock is nothing if not complex. The lone tourist, the exchange student, the refugee, and the immigrant are the most susceptible, but perhaps you feel a tinge of it yourself right now. Are you home? [Read more…] Read More →Let It Linger
Perhaps it’s due to the oft-decried commercialization of Christmas, but it’s awful easy to just drift toward the big day itself, pushed and pulled by the currents of consumer culture until we wash up on the shore of December 26th, and haul down our trees and lights and head out to return that hideous orange sweater from Aunt Bertha. Perhaps a lame... [Read more...]