Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.—W. Churchill

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Revelations About Culture

My article in today's issue of The Washington Examiner newspaper explores the current treatment of religion in American popular culture, in particular television:

"In the new TV series 'Revelations,' an unreligious man of science is visited by a determined Christian seeking to transform his worldview. That premise could serve as an apt description of American life and culture today. . . .

"Religion is big box office in America these days, and 'Revelations' is only one of many signs of the times, if not the 'end times' the series purports to illustrate. . . . [R]religion now suffuses American culture more strongly than at any time since the late 1940s and perhaps since the 1910s."

The article looks at some likely reasons for this, noting in particular the ironic effect of evangelicals' attempt to set up an alternative, Christian culture in the past decade and the role of modern marketing techniques.