Friday, August 24, 2007

Cultural Friday Five

As a RevGalDogPal, I play the RevGals' Friday Five as much as a dog can play it. Today it's about Culture, though, and I'm not very big on Culture. So, I'm letting The Typist play on her own this time:

writes: I have spent the week at Summer School studying the Gospel and Western culture, we have looked at art, literature, music, film and popular culture in their myriad expressions. With that in mind I bring you the cultural Friday 5.

Name a

1. Book The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne (does this one count? because it's not exactly secular culture. In case it doesn't, my backup would be Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird).

2. Piece of music: Too many to list! But the one that comes to mind right now is "Angry Young Man" by Billy Joel (despite the fact that I have more hope than the speaker in the song).

3. Work of art: Pieces painted by my sister. Her situation in life hasn't been the greatest for a while now (The Alpha rode the MS 150 in her honor earlier this year), but when she feels up to it, she can paint beautifully, and it's a gift from God (and sometimes results in a material gift to us).

4. Film: Big Fish

5. Unusual engagement with popular culture: Being married to a comic-book/sci-fi geek, I know far more about some of genres than I realize until it surfaces (did you know, for example, that The Thing is Jewish? Any time someone brings up the Fantastic Four, I can't help but blurt that out. Also, Superman: Methodist!).

That have helped/challenged you on your spiritual journey.

Bonus: Is engagement essential to your Christian faith, how and why? This is a "well, duh" one for me. I have a much harder time relating to non-churchy people if I don't at least attempt to keep up with what's going on in pop culture. Still, with the sheer volume of variety in this world, it's often hard to maintain a broad awareness!


SpookyRach said...

Oh!! Do you remember that website (or was it a comic book?) that listed the religions of all the superheroes? It was sooo interesting.

Wonder Woman is a practicing believer of anchient greek polytheism, just in case you were wondering...

Presbyterian Gal said...

Were any of the superheroes Druids? That's what a friend of mine tells people he is when asked his religion.

Loved Big Fish too!

John of the Dead said...

Ah, the Big List of Superheroe Relgions. Yes, it's here:

Comic-Book Religion

As for Druids, well, obviously Doctor Druid, but also Black Knight (a time-displaced semi-Arthurian knight).

revhipchick said...

i so love Big Fish! i'd love to know more about the superheroes and their religions!

Diane said...

of course! Superman is Methodist! Duh! (maybe batman is Lutheran?)
great play.. I'm glad Cub let you play today. wags from Scout (who only loves culture covered with gravy...)

John said...

That's a beautiful depiction of Cub on the stone.

revabi said...

What a great play.
How neat that you know the Superheroes religions. And other trivia like that.

By the way I didn't know there was a revgaldogpal group. Does that mean they have their own blog? And what about the cats do they get their own group too?

Great book by Shane, would love to go live with his group for a year or more.

DogBlogger said...

RevAbi, the RevGalDogPals is pretty informal... we don't have a group blog or a webring or anything like that. And a lot of the time we call it RevGalPetPals to be inclusive of cat-pals like Whistle and Tiria.