vol. 4, num. 1 :: 2005.01.14 — 2005.01.27
The second annual Asterisk Awards issue will give our readers a chance to nominate great cultural works and events of 2004, not just according to likes and dislikes, but we want to know--what changed you?
How we wish we could give a hundred of these awards ?
It?s difficult to stand out among such excellent nominees?and even more difficult to choose an individual for the award.
The Asterisk Awards inspire cultural analysis.
Members value character development and the integration of pain and humor.
The community?s opinion on the top show jives with the ratings.
Will the top spot be any surprise?
A fiction classic takes the top award, with nods to a variety of contemporary reads.
Last year?s winner receives its perennial accolades, especially from ?lifers.?
The same event showcases the best and worst of Christian cultural engagment.
Responses highlight varied local experiences.
A collection of miscellaneous sites adorn our bookmark lists.
What is or is not appropriate for Christians to watch, observe, listen to and participate in? Some answers lie in a close exploration of Philippians 4:8.
How can the college experience affect an individual's lifelong approach to culture?
What can we learn from Old and New Testament figures about actively engaging culture?
Check out the winners of last year?s asterisk awards for cultural experiences.
Find out what dedicated *cino members like best about their favorite (we hope) online magazine.
A list of essential books and films by Christians in the Visual Arts.
Are rock-stardom and Christianity compatible?
I believe that, to some degree, an offending strangeness might be the surest means to seeing, hearing, and receiving a redeeming witness — a witness at work, for instance, in what Karl Barth refers to as the strange new world of the Bible. Does the Bible in any way dislocate our imaginations or prove to be an affront to what we consider seemly? In a certain sense, we might say that weirdness alone redeems, because it is that which strikes us as unseemly that forces us to redeem — or reevaluate — our vision of reality, our sense of what’s appropriate. Are we willing to have our vision undone and redeemed? Are we up for the religious experience of feeling offended?
The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
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