catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Subversive Love

vol. 8, num. 4 :: 2009.02.13 — 2009.02.27

Don’t fall in love in a time of war. Don’t fall in love with someone of the same gender or a different race or another generation. Don’t love your kids too much. We internalize so many messages about love—romantic, platonic or otherwise—and yet it breaks through in astonishing ways, whether we invite it in or not.



A Love whose name cannot be spoken

An analysis of pop culture artifacts to expose myths about true love.


Love in the time of softball

Creative jock or an athletic artist?  A reflection on a time of making decisions about love.


Thanks for love

On discovering that perfectly imperfect someone.

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Conversation: “Subversive Love”

Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about empire and subversion.

Reclaiming Mardi Gras

A Louisiana native provides a closer look at Mardi Gras, a traditional time of celebration before Lent.


Embodying our grief

A review of the new book Fasting by
Scot McKnight.

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In case you missed it the first time

Sock feathers

A child's approach to language can remind us to leave our pride behind when we seek the kingdom.

Love is a pile of rocks

What the journey to the Promised Land teaches us about God and memory.

Spiritual violence and hate crimes

How preserving heterosexual privilege in the name of Christ defies the Gospel.

Weaving the web

Rom-coms ‘spoil your love life’

Watching romantic comedies can spoil your love life, a study by a university in Edinburgh has claimed.


Prayers of a bird and boy

A bird, a boy and an impossible pause in an unconventional “summer fling” essay by Daniel Silliman.



Four stories about attempts at making matches…of various sorts.




In defense of my generation

A response to the charges of relativism that get lobbed across philosophical dividing lines.

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The family — which then and now includes tribe, clan, father’s house — is an odd and vulnerable counter-force. It does not have available impressive modes of power, either to persuade or coerce. What it does have, however, is day-to-day access at the crucial nurture points of hurt and amazement. The social location of the family … is not in accommodation to the dominant values, not as a band-aid operation to keep people functioning, but as a daily proposal and glimpse of another way to live in the world. It is not then a privatized or domesticated romantic scene, but it is an area in which deliberate and intentional alternatives are articulated and practiced. I propose then that we understand the family, in light of biblical faith, as a counter-culture operation that finally means to subvert the dominant values. If we do not want our children enmeshed in the available values of positivism and technical reason and all they bring with them, then the family is a peculiar chance to construct another world that has more vitality, credibility, and authority in the long run. But it must be a public world, not a private world of escape.

Walter Brueggemann
The Practice of Homefulness

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