Christianity Today’s 2018 Book Awards
Our picks for the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.
It is an enchanting, imaginative work of fantasy that touches on important truths but is not meant to be read literally or for some straightforward moral message.
‘Justice League’ Unites Its Heroes to Save an Erratic, Uneven World
DC’s answer to the MCU wants to show that surrounding darkness can only strengthen heroic light. It only kind of succeeds.
names. For Christians who enjoy fantasy, however, films like this can also serve as part of the training—even discipleship—of our biblical imaginations.
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They're evenly divided on daily fantasy sports contests, which face heightened scrutiny nationwide as states weigh whether the games constitute illegal gambling.
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Finds Hope Within Its Bleak Dystopia
Denis Villeneuve's ambitious sequel is a life-affirming spectacle of noir and neon.
Their future, though uncertain, is not one devoid of hope. Even in the midst of technological fantasy and dystopia, there are still people searching for meaning and truth.
In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' Greatness Starts with Becoming a Servant
Peter Parker has finally entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe—but he can't join the Avengers until he practices the heroic discipline of humility.
responsibility. Newer Marvel stories occupy amazing fantasy settings (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) or offer up wish-fulfillment glamour (Iron Man).
Alan Jacobs: Hating Your Neighbor Will Make You Dumb
How tribalism and culture-warring have ravaged our ability to think.
This might sound like the stuff of medieval fantasy, but a quick glance at our culture confirms that habits of magical thinking are stubbornly persistent.
Increasing Commitment with Long-Range Thinking
What makes you think weekly participation of your programs is helping people experience God’s larger story?
Consider the power of sports as a smaller story for men—from watching college bowls and March Madness to playing weekly golf and fantasy football.
Why Evangelism Requires Both Logic and Loveliness
An apologist argues that beauty and imagination are key to faith formation.
Years later, as an atheist and graduate student, I wrote my doctoral dissertation on fantasy novels and had JRR Tolkien's great essay “On Fairy-stories”—with its powerful statement of
Imagining a Better Marriage Actually Improved Mine
Rather than living in ongoing resentment, I sensed God calling me to refocus.
it's something that is eventually replaced by the necessity of engaging with the “real world.” But the way we understand imagination should not be so hastily equated merely with fantasy.
A Nelson Mandela Inspired Fantasy
What if evangelical leaders were to imitate the great South African—Yikes!
A Nelson Mandela Inspired Fantasy. What if evangelical leaders were to imitate the great South African—Yikes! Evangelical Dream. Now for the fantasy.
Sarah Ruden’s Rebellion Against Our ‘Just the Facts’ Bibles
How her approach to translation recovers the emotion and artistry of God’s Word.
In the smoke of our warfare, the more interesting and determinative human aspects of the sacred text were no longer seen. The Bible was either truth or fantasy.
In the Gorgeous 'Your Name,' Love Is a Liturgy
Makoto Shinkai’s body-swap anime shows how habit and happenstance refine desire.
on the ol' interwebz, it was true in the best sense of Your Name, which effortlessly captures the purity and passion of adolescent love in a way Stephenie Meyer's dark fantasy saga could
In ‘Logan’, Wolverine Confronts the Wages of Sin
Hugh Jackman's final performance as the iconic mutant brings him face to face with his own mortality.
stirring superhero film since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, perhaps this is the best way to interpret Logan—not as just another gritty reboot of a childhood fantasy, but as a
Our Need for Friendly Giants
How 'The BFG' rekindles our dream of the divine.
compass needle toward truth. And both came to mind as I watched Steven Spielberg's delightful new fantasy for families: The BFG. Coming to home
‘Song to Song’ Is Cinematic Wisdom Literature
With Austin (and Solomon) as his muse, Terrence Malick applies ancient truth to the 21st-century world.
For Faye and BV in Song, as well as another woman (Natalie Portman) who falls into Fassbender's corrupting web of fantasy promises, the struggle with sin is real.
‘The Young Pope’ Takes an Anxious Look at the Danger of Doubt
HBO's unsettling Vatican satire asks what happens when spiritual leaders shirk their own faith.
Perhaps this is telling: all three characters, after all, provoke a sense of fantasy, pushing us to wonder what it would be like to abandon portions of our own personal morality in
The Streaming Roundup
Frozen, Star Trek, and fantasy football FTW.
The Streaming Roundup. Frozen, Star Trek, and fantasy football FTW. Rebecca Calhoun| September 6, 2014. Karl Urban and Chris Pine in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
For the beloved singer-songwriter, the best storytelling emerges from community.
Reading CS Lewis to his kids inspired Peterson to write his own series of fantasy books; a decade later, his teenage son Aedan illustrates some of the fantasy creatures in his award