Friday, January 13, 2006

Pop Culture Roundup

As part of an online study, I've started Paul Tillich's Systematic Theology. I'm on the Introduction, which spends a lot of time on his method. He makes a distinction between philosophy and theology in that while both seek the universal logos, theology (at least Christian theology) has already entrusted itself in the Logos. He discusses the creative philosopher being a 'hidden theologian,' a concept with which I'm still wrestling (how could an atheist doing philosophy be a 'hidden theologian?'). The group with which I'm studying this work has presented a few remarks on the subject and I have yet to respond.

A few weeks ago I finally got around to watching Crash, and I'm glad I finally did. The movie takes place in Los Angeles (a city more notorious for race relations) and presents everyone as both perpetrator and victim in some way. There are one or two happy endings (some more contrived than others), but for the most part situations are left unresolved. People work out of their stereotypes of others (or themselves), and no easy answers are presented. It's a very intense movie, but deserving of its praise.

I've been thinking about going to see a Robert Randolph show coming up in a few weeks.

Around the web, Internet Monk muses on the theology inherent in Fazoli's advertising.