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Culture Matters Roundup 10.21.16

Author: The Village Church Category: Culture

1. The New Culture of Life

In this article at Slate, Ruth Graham finds that there are many young people who care about ending abortion but aren’t tied to the Republican Party or the Christian right. These pro-life activists are making a case for a new culture of life that is neither a partisan nor religious issue, but one of human rights.

Millennials are both the “pro-life generation” and the least religious generation. The 2013 Pew survey showed that 25 percent of nonreligious Americans believe having an abortion is morally wrong.

2. Pastor-in-Chief

The debate has raged among evangelicals this election season, and there is still much disagreement. Last week, Dr. Norman Geisler explained to Ed Stetzer why he remains a supporter of Trump, and Kevin DeYoung wrote that he will certainly vote, but he won’t vote for either Trump or Clinton. Interestingly, both men make the point that our votes for president are not votes for a “Pastor-in-Chief.”

Whether we like it or not, when we vote for president we are not voting for Pastor-in-Chief. Rather, we are voting for Commander-in-Chief. The qualifications for the two jobs are different...We don’t have any perfect candidates. So we must choose among imperfect ones.

3. Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature but has yet to acknowledge it. According to CNN, the Swedish Academy intends to move forward with the award ceremony as usual, regardless of Dylan’s response. The awarding of the prize to a musician, rather than the traditional poet or novelist, has been met with mixed reactions, as seen in this New York Times article.

In giving the literature prize to Mr. Dylan, the academy may also be recognizing that the gap has closed between high art and more commercial creative forms.

4. The Complicated Case of The Birth of a Nation

Writing for Vox, Alissa Wilkinson says she’s still unsure how to feel about Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, which first premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January to two standing ovations. The story is complicated by Parker’s personal history and the current political climate in America, but Wilkinson concludes that it may still do some good. To hear more thoughts on the movie, listen to episode 36 of our Culture Matters podcast.

I’d argue that The Birth of a Nation isn’t really about Nat Turner; his story is just the excuse to tell a bigger story about the Bible and race in America.

5. Harbor Media Podcasts

Harbor Media, the latest venture of author and former-pastor Mike Cosper, is launching two podcasts this month—Cultivated: Conversations About Faith and Work and The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea: A Podcast About Faith and Culture. Available now is the first episode of The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which explains the reasons behind Harbor Media’s creation. Cultivated launches on October 25.

6. Borrowed Time

Many of us know how hard it can be to deal with the grief of loss, particularly untimely death. This beautiful, animated short film entitled “Borrowed Time,” explores this theme. In this featurette about the making of the short film, the creators talk about wanting to show that animation can tell any kind of story.