Christ and Pop Culture

10 years in the making have brought Wade and Kevin to have a spoiler free review of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. The duo have been less than kind to MCU movies in the past but will the $300 million budget, cross over extravaganza be the film that puts them firmly on the MCU bandwagon? 

After their spoiler free review, the second segment finds Wade and Kevin's ranking their Top 5 moments from the previous MCU films.


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Drew Dixon is joined by Abby Perry and Kathryn Watson to discuss the conflicting ideas of "manhood" in evangelicalism from their co-authored article, Rearing Boys to Be Peacemakers in a World Bent on War. Written as a response to the Federalist's Jesse Kelly's article Why A Good Father Prepares His Sons For War, the trio talk about their own experiences raising boys, their collective experience in the western church on how manhood is represented, and what "masculinity" means to them regardless of social expectations. 

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As if keeping up the latest in fashion isn’t overwhelming enough, now you need to consider if your fashion habits are ruining the planet. A conversation is stirring in the fashion industry about environmentally conscious fashion practices. In short, women in particular are assessing if their shopping habits are contributing to landfills, and if so, perhaps some change is in order. What are the costs of being fashion forward? What eco-friendly shopping habits would make a difference? How does consumerism affect us as neighbors and stewards of this planet?

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss all this and more after finding an article from The Guardian with research on the typical life cycle of women’s clothing—the average piece of clothing is worn just seven times between being discarded—and ways that we can change our habits for the good of all. Perhaps the mantra reduce-reuse-recycle, would be a helpful approach to our clothing needs. In changing our perspective toward fashion trends and style, we can instead become earth-friendly fashionistas that see beyond the outside to the deeper, eternal components of another person’s soul. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: What percentage of your closet consists of secondhand items?

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This week Wade and Kevin explore two movies that at first seem dissimilar. First up is writer/director John Karasinski's horror debut "A Quiet Place" where a Rockwellian family is forced to survive in total silence, living in a world filled with lethal monsters that can hunt only by sound. Then the duo turn to John Curran's dismantling of the Kennedy privilege and ambition by giving voice to the story of Mary Jo Kopechne in "Chappaquiddick." It's a week of silence in this episode of Seeing and Believing. 

Theme music by Alexander Osbornand Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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Wes Anderson's latest hotly anticipated film hit theaters over the weekend, so Wade and Kevin get in touch with their inner dog lovers to review it. How does the stop-motion animated film stack up against the rest of Anderson's filmography? And what about the charges of orientalism and cultural appropriation that have been leveled against the film? The guys then turn their attention to subject matter (slightly) closer to home with their review of one of the three faith-based films to be released around Easter: Paul, Apostle of Christ.

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For all our dietary awareness these days, one thing we don’t consider much is that our food has a backstory. While obsessing about gluten and fat and carbs, we are neglecting the culture and history and heritage. And we are malnourished because of it. Food carries much weight and power in our lives—defining who we are and where we come from. The foods that shape us as people and communities sustain us, give us life. But what happens when a particular dish or cuisine is consumed into another’s culture with no intent of honoring the backstory? What if the very dishes that shape us are stripped of their history and significance? In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza invites Kendall Vanderslice and Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros to discuss the ways that food is laid to waste when its backstory isn’t preserved. The conversation touches on the role that power structures, colonization, lazy storytelling, and revisionist history affect our most beloved cuisines. Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of the day: How are you learning to be more sensitive to cultural appropriation?

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