Super Bowl Blues
My despondency over the Super Bowl has nothing to do with the 49ers losing—I figured they wouldn’t be able to handle Patrick Mahones. No, it was the entire event, culminating in the decadent halftime show. Two pieces note the contradictions and subliminal sadness that increasingly characterize this great American event.
The first states the obvious that apparently is still not obvious to most Americans—the normalizing of porn culture. “The Super Bowl Halftime Show Didn’t Empower Women, It Debased Them” opens with:
And then later:
The second piece looks more broadly at what this year’s Super Bowl says about our culture and concludes,
In short, the Super Bowl, that a glorious and glitzy celebration of American culture, reveals afresh our desperate need to encounter the one who described himself as meek and lowly of heart, in whom we can find rest for our troubled souls.
Why the Jewish Jesus Rocks
It’s increasingly hard not to link to David Brooks, who increasingly brings his extolled wisdom to bear on specifically Christian themes. In this case, it is Jewish and Christian themes as he waxes eloquent in this piece: “Jesus Is a Jew: The ineffable becomes intelligible in Israel.” From the end:
Those Gospel ‘Contradictions’
I will admit to being one of those Bible preachers/teachers who has explained many apparent contradictions in the Gospels as literary devices of the authors to drive home a point. I may have to reconsider that approach. Philosopher Lydia McGrew certain has questions about it, which she explains in this Christianity Today interview, “Yes, You Can Trust the Four Gospels. Even When They Conflict.” It is based on her new book, The Mirror and the Mask: Liberating the Gospels from Literary Devices (DeWard Publishing).
I Recognize that Face
I don’t know if I agree with “Facing Up to Facial Recognition: Clearview AI is the latest milestone in recognition technology. We should embrace it, rather than fear it.” But we should start thinking and talking about this more openly, for the technology makes it possible for us to be more accountable to one another in society, which is both a blessing and a curse.
Most Redeeming Super Bowl Commercial
Despite my grousing, there were moments when America’s better self was on display, as with this New York Life Insurance commercial.
Grace and peace,
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Super Bowl Blues