Can Film Inform Our Politics?

Can Film Inform Our Politics?

By Mark Rodgers The Clapham Group is founded, in part, on the understanding that culture is upstream of politics.  As a Christian, I have a set of convictions that inform my politics (see Andy Crouch’s excellent piece in Christianity Today on the Presidential...
Comic-Con Part 2

Comic-Con Part 2

By Mark Rodgers Walking through Comic-Con in San Diego last month was like walking through the streets in Athens with the Apostle Paul. Myth stories were told in every book, displayed on every table, discussed in every panel and worn almost on every person.   ...
Comic-Con Upstream of the Conventions

Comic-Con Upstream of the Conventions

By Mark Rodgers Malia Obama and I have at least one thing in common, we both agree that culture is upstream of politics. I have attended the last five Republican conventions, but this time opted for San Diego Comic-Con. She decided on Lollapalooza.  Dare I suggest...
Tim McGraw and Religious Tolerance

Tim McGraw and Religious Tolerance

Some religions teach that there are many paths to God, and some teach that their path is the only way.  America has modeled unprecedented tolerance for religious faiths, no matter what they believe.  But this is no longer a given. My friend, Mark McKinnon, said that...
Politics, Propaganda and Pop Culture

Politics, Propaganda and Pop Culture

Propaganda: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person; ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause. (Merriam-Webster) Pop...
Christmas Victim?

Christmas Victim?

  By Mark Rodgers There are few seasons in America during which religion’s place in the public square is as hotly debated as Christmas.  This year, however, the context has not just been church-state separation, but our culture’s growing victim complex.  ...