Culture At Large

Top posts of 2012

Josh Larsen

Ranking popular posts at the end of the year always means skewed results, as anything written in the last month or two doesn’t have the time to make up ground on stories published earlier in the year. Still, the exercise offers a glimpse of the Think Christian pieces that garnered the most interest in 2012. Here are the top five, according to their number of unique pageviews.

1. Do women really want 50 Shades of Grey?

“Should Christians read these books? I think Christians who choose to read the books should start talking openly about their responses to 50 Shades. If we believe that Christ’s redemption shapes our response to culture, we cannot be afraid of what our culture is talking about.”

- Julia K. Stronks

2. Blue Like Jazz, not like Courageous

“The content is never gratuitous and those Christians not sent running to the exits after the first 20 minutes will likely get caught up in the loves, fears, ambitions and secrets of these compelling characters the way they would in a real movie. It’s doubtful this film will bring Southern Baptists out by the van-load, to be sure. But anyone interested in an honest and genuinely funny look at the painful process of growing past religiosity and into the kind of faith that draws others in will find much to love.”

- John J. Thompson

3. The curious evangelical silence over Trayvon Martin

“As Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, is visiting Rwanda as part of the church’s ministry there, it seems that evangelical leaders choose not to minister to Trayvon Martin’s family or any family of a murdered African-American teen. It’s almost as if it’s easier and less complicated to aid blacks in Africa than it is to stand up for and seek justice for blacks in America. Or does this case reveal something else?”

- Kimberly Davis

4. Why eating at Chick-fil-A isn’t the same as taking communion

“When a culture-wars worldview overtakes a Christian worldview, one result is that we become unable to recognize that things like food, commerce and the arts operate in a way that should be irreducible to a political stance.”

- Branson Parler

5. Why Christians should be OK with the Supreme Court’s health-care call

“Christians, no matter what their politics, should be OK with this Supreme Court decision and we should resist the temptation to make this the lynchpin on which we base our upcoming election decisions.”

- Julia K. Stronks

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