About Anthony Weber

Anthony graduated from Cedarville University in 1995 with a degree in English Education, and from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana in 2004 with a Master's Degree in Theology and Philosophy. Anthony is a husband and father of three, an author ("Learning to Jump Again"), high school and college teacher, pastor, blogger (tcapologetics.org, empiresandmangers.blogspot.com), and co-founder of etcetera, a "street-level philosophy group" in Traverse City, Michigan.

Saint Odd

Odd Thomas has become perhaps the iconic name associated with Dean Koontz. Th91HxrttqYUL._SL1500_e series has sold over ten million print copies and 900,000 ebooks just in the United States. There are also three graphic novel prequels, a couple novellas, and a movie based on the first book.

Odd Thomas deserves the popularity – and the acclaim. Odd is a genuinely good guy, devoted to doing the right thing even when he knows it may cost him everything. The recently released Saint Odd wraps up this series in a way that provides an appropriate finale to an exceptional story. A number of themes have stood out to me over the course of this series, and particularly in the final book. [Read more…]

Black Mirror: The Future We Deserve

Black Mirror is a British TV sci-fi series that takes a serious and provocative look at the unintended BlackMirrorTitleCardconsequences of technology. Though not prolific (seven shows in two seasons so far), Black Mirror has won numerous awards, and its viewership around the world is growing tremendously. At least one episode is being turned into a movie, and an American version is sure to show up soon.

Writing for The Guardian, Charlie Brooker, a creator of and co-writer for the series, noted,

”I coo over gadgets, take delight in each new miracle app. Like an addict, I check my Twitter timeline the moment I wake up. And often I wonder: is all this really good for me? For us? None of these things have been foisted upon humankind – we’ve merrily embraced them. But where is it all leading? If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side-effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The ‘black mirror’ of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.”

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Attack On Titan

Both the anime and manga of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan have been absurdly popular and widely Shorewood Blu-ray Ocardpraised. Last year, five of the books in the series were in the Top 20 graphic novels in the U.S., beating even The Walking Dead; 8.3 million copies sold in just the first half of 2014 to boost its total sales close to 22 million copies in just under five years.

To give you an idea of the audience being reached, anime (and related merchandise) was a $4 billion dollar business around the world in 2006. In 2009, anime accounted for 90% of Japan’s television exports.  By the time Attack on Titan finally knocked Eiichiro Oda’s “One Piece” out of its top spot, “One Piece” had already sold 345 million copies around the world. That’s the kind of numbers that J.K Rowling, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King move. Anime and manga have been in a slump the last few years (at least in the U.S.), but that is likely a reflection of digital piracy rather than lack of interest. [Read more…]

Scientific Mythologies: How Science And Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs

3111x2rcQcL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_James A. Herrick’s Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs 3111x2rcQcL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_offers a fascinating look at the interplay between fiction and reality. Sci-fi literature has had more of an impact on scientific research than one might expect. Rather than being a purely logical endeavor, science is sometimes fueled by – and often distorted by – what scientists want to be true. As a result, scientists sometimes embrace cherished ideas in ways that are remarkably at odds with their claim to be dispassionately pursuing hard, cold facts.

Mr. Herrick identifies seven ‘scientific mythologies’ that arise when fertile scientific imaginations join with a strictly materialistic view of the world: the myth of the extraterrestrial, the myth of space, the myth of the new humanity, the myth of the future, the myth of the spiritual race, the myth of space religion, and the myth of alien gnosis. [Read more…]

Worldview and Culture: The Stories That Shaped Us in 2014

hands raised by the crowd at a live music concertAs this year wraps up, I offer the following retrospective on some of the more popular entertainment in 2014. It’s not an exhaustive list, and I don’t necessarily recommend everything on it. It’s simply meant to provide insight into the cultural stories that are reflecting and/or shaping a lot of worldviews, particularly those of a young adult audience. Though some of the authors or directors on the following list do not approach life from a Christian perspective, they are all storytellers who wrestle with some of the most profound questions in life. Hopefully, entering into these stories will better equip us to understand the times and know what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32).

FOUR  BOOKS (or series) WORTH NOTING

1) Jonathan Maberry’s Rot and Ruin series offers one of the best YA stories I have read. Maberry offers great characters, intense story lines, philosophy, ethics, honor, love, and sacrifice embedded in books that will make you reset your alarm. It’s pretty grim – it is a zombie apocalypse – but it’s also saturated with goodness and hope. If my boys grow up to be like Tom Imura, I will be well pleased. Not surprisingly, the series is on its way to the big screen. [Read more…]