On Media, Religion & Culture

For writing after September 2016, check my archive at Vox.com.

The Left Behind series was just the latest way America prepared for the rapture, The Washington Post, 13 July 2016

"The New American Wanderers of True Detective, Preacher, and Outcast," RogerEbert.com, 1 July 2016

"What Is America's Legacy?" (on Hamilton), Books & Culture, June 2016

"Everybody's Secular, Everyone's Religious," 31 May 2016

"Building a Celluloid Bridge," Christianity Today, May 2016

"Meet the New Apocalypse (Same As the Old One)," Christianity Today, 25 May 2016

"Bey and Bey's God," Christianity Today, 2 May 2016

"What Exactly Do The Path's Meyerists Believe In?Vulture, 14 April 2016

"Cultsploitation and True Believers," Christianity Today, 6 April 2016

"On the Film Festival Trail," Christianity Today, March/April 2016

"I'm a Christian and I Hate Christian Movies," Thrillist, 30 March 2016

"Here's Every Biblical Reference in Hamilton," Christianity Today, 26 March 2016

"Watching Wendell Berry, The Mad Farmer," Christianity Today, 13 March 2016

"Why We Keep the Legend of Bonnie and Clyde Alive," Christianity Today, 10 March 2016

"The Critic's Job and Why It Matters," Books and Culture, March/April 2016

"When Art Doesn't Make Us Better People," Christianity Today, 8 February 2016

"A High and Low Mash-Up," The Los Angeles Review of Books, 1 January 2016

"Why Pop Culture Is Obsessed with 'Identity,'Christianity Today, January/February 2016

"Why We Get Religious About Star Wars," Christianity Today, 21 December 2015

"Why 2015 Has Been a Banner Year for Films About Abuse and Religion," The Washington Post, 9 November 2015

"In Praise of the Amateur," Good Letters, 1 September 2015

"Watching Well: Intellectual Humility,Reel Spirituality, 13 July 2015

"Think Religion Is Dead? Just Look at Game of Thrones," The Washington Post, 26 May 2015 (with Robert Joustra)

"Forget Tinder. Pop Culture is Side-Hugging Courtship Hello," The Washington Post, 25 May 2015

"What Mad Max's Hellscape Tells Us About Religion and Politics in 2015," The Washington Post, 15 May 2015

"The Power of Confession," Pacific Standard, 20 April 2015

"Watching Movies: The Cure for Narcissism," Reel Spirituality, 30 March 2015

"Asking the Insufficient Questions," Christianity Today, 23 March 2015

"In Praise of Slow Opinions," Christianity Today, 12 February 2015

"The Stick-To-Itiveness of Movie Watching," Reel Spirituality, 5 January 2015)

Pop Culture Gets Religion (29 December 2014 - 2 January 2015):

"Toward a Definition of 'Religious' Cinema," Christianity Today, 30 October 2014

"Antiheroes and Saints," Christianity Today, 21 October 2014

"Watching Well: Developing the Intellectual Virtue of Curiosity," Reel Spirituality, 10 October 2014

"Lazy Cultural Engagement," Christianity Today, 1 October 2014

"Can Our Art Deal With Our World?Christianity Today, 17 December 2014

"Is Pop Culture Too Juvenile?Christianity Today, 11 September 2014

"Is Religious Journalism Haunted?Comment, Fall 2014; reprinted in Books & Culture, 13 August 2014

"Everything's Turning Up Apocalypse," Christianity Today, 29 July 2014

"The Good Ministers of the Silver Screen," Christianity Today, 24 July 2014

"Our Experiment in Criticism," Christianity Today, 12 August 2013

"It's the End of the World (At Least at the Movies)," Christianity Today, 26 June 2013

"The Gospel of Gatsby and Draper," Christianity Today, 14 May 2013 (with Jackson Cuidon)

"The NYRB at Town Hall," Books & Culture, 14 February 2013

"Why Christian Artists Don't Want to Be 'Christian Artists,'Criticwire, 11 November 2013

"Tell Your Story, Tell It Well," The Gospel Coalition, 27 February 2012

"Making Peace at the Dinner Table," Books and Culture, May/June 2011 (with Robert Joustra) 

"Idols, Icons, and Facebook," Comment, 21 April 2011 

"Views and Worldviews," Comment, 28 January 2011

"Not Their Parents’ Conservatism," The Globe & Mail, 29 November 2010 (with Robert Joustra) 

"The Real Dissent of the Little Magazines," Center for Public Justice Capitol Commentary, 11 June 2010

"As Far as Postmodernism Goes: Navigating Postmodern Theory," Comment, September 2009