Category Archives: Art

Why Evangelicals Didn’t Embrace “Calvary”

CalvaryMark Rodgers compares the artistic merits of Calvary to the remake of Left Behind and finds a paradox. “[T]he more a film (or song, or book for that matter) is fine tuned for the evangelical appetite, the less salient it is for the culture at large. Ironically, evangelicals want their culture products to be attractive to the world, to draw people into the truth that profoundly transformed them.”

“Leaving ‘Left Behind,’ Embracing ‘Calvary,” by Mark Rodgers. Clapham Group, October 8, 2014.

U2’s Christianity

u2Joshua Rothman writes in The New Yorker about the serious but sometimes hard to discern Christianity in U2’s song lyrics. “Song lyrics are endlessly interpretable,” he writes, “but, once you accept U2’s religiosity, previously opaque or anodyne songs turn out to be full of ideas and force.” The song “With or Without You” emerges as a meditation on the tough demands of authentic faith. “Until the End of the World” is a love song to Jesus sung by a remorseful Judas.

“The Church of U2,” by Joshua Rothman. The New Yorker, September 16, 2014.