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Of Reepicheep and Mickey

Now to him who able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  –Ephesians 3:20, 21 Story and Imagination Now that the Disney Corporation and Walden Media have teamed up to produce and distribute the movie The Lion,... Read More

Theology and Capitalism: An Interview with John Milbank

The Other Journal (TOJ): In our journal we’ve featured several theologians and their critiques of capitalism and Daniel Bell’s article has discussed how capitalism can’t really be judged empirically, that is, it can’t be judged on whether or not it works, for it may work all too well according to its vision of the good. You’ve made a similar point against the Frankfurt... Read More

Does Adolescence lead to Capitalism or does Capitalism lead to Adolescence?

The laissez-faire capitalism of Adam Smith (1723-1790) solidified the concept of private ownership seeking maximum profits primarily through self-regulation and competition.[1] Time has passed and the laissez-faire model has shifted though the essential elements of private ownership motivated by the accumulation of profits has remained. Profits once held predominantly by the bourgeois... Read More

Back to the Future of Tradition

At this juncture in history, we lack the concepts which make sense of our intuitions and the practices which embody and enact our cognition. For the predominant structures of thought and practice are part of a conceptuality and grammar which are collapsing under the weight of their own inner contradictions. This is true of empty concepts such as ‘(post-)modernity’ or ‘modernisation’... Read More

Distant – A Review

There’s a scene in Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film Distant that most moviegoers will relate to. At the end of a long day, a man slumps onto his comfy chair and turns on a movie. It’s a slow-moving, challenging art film by Andrei Tarkovsky (cinephiles will recognize it as Stalker). The man watches it for a while, then loses patience and puts in a porn flick. Okay, most moviegoers... Read More

The New Poverty and Responsive Economics

Introduction: The fact that we need a better understanding of economics in relation to how the Christian faith encounters the world in which we live should come as no surprise. The traditional metrics of wealth and poverty have been found wanting and the current upheaval in relation to the ever-growing rift between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ is not slowing. In short,... Read More

Stars: Set Yourself on Fire

We pop-culture-engaged Christians love to claim things as our own. From The Matrix to The Simpsons to Radiohead, if there’s something not altogether evil, or spiritual and “vaguely Jesus-y,” to use Ann Lamott’s phrase, we will somehow squeeze and twist a thing until it is almost Christian. So let me be the first to claim the Canadian pop band Stars as my favorite drug-using,... Read More

Evangelical Feminism—A History by Pamela D. H. Cochran, Reviewed by Hope E. Baldwin

I’m not afraid of the monster under my bed. I’m afraid of the monster next to my bed. I’m terrified by the growing number of books which I want to read, have been told to read, or feel obligated to read. It seems that, no matter how many times I reorganize the stack of books, it continually grows closer, taller, and may eventually reach the ceiling. I religiously cling... Read More

Child Sex Tourism – The Defacing of the Developing World

“Sometimes when I look deep into your eyes I swear I can see your soul.” -James Shame was once defined to me as compacted anger; anger directed not towards others, but seared into one’s sense of self. Although deep in one’s heart is where shame thrives, its trace is always seen on the face. The progressive descending of one’s gaze and hardening of face, with flittered... Read More

A Conversation with Vincent Miller

Ken Myers: The experience we have as consumers is surely one of the most formidable features of contemporary life, and yet the way living in consumer culture affects us is often neglected by religious leaders. Most often theologians, pastors, and moralists focus on the problem of greed or materialism, worthy concerns to be sure, but like the poor greed and materialism, we always... Read More