2016 Executive Director Interview


Drew Trotter is the Executive Director of the Consortium of Christian Studies Centers. Trained at Cambridge University as a theologian, his academic interests have laid the foundation for broader explorations of popular culture. For over fifteen years Trotter has been presenting a lecture called “The Movies and America” on how the Academy Award nominees for best picture function as both a barometer of, and an influence on, current American moral and intellectual standards. He recently presented at Upper|House, after which he spoke with Robert L. Kehoe III.

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Are Theologians Real People?
Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright (Harper Collins: New York, 2018)
Biography writing is a fascinating study in itself. Sometimes biographies are simply histories of the times in which a person lived. So little is known about the person or the writer is just not interested in the person’s own psychology that the book resorts to telling the way the subject fits into their particular history. […]
Directed by:  Christopher Nolan OK, so we’re back in socially distanced, mask-wearing theaters! The first movie I want to review I went to see twice, partially because of the lack of any other interesting films, but at least partially because it begged for multiple viewings. I would suggest you do the same; doing so certainly […]
All Talk?
Rice, Condoleeza, “This moment cries out for us to confront race in America”, Opinions, Washington Post (June 4, 2020) Jacobs, Alan, “not so much”, blog posting on  Snakes and Ladders (June 7, 2020) All of us have thought at one time or another over the past few days, “I wonder how long this will last?” […]
Loving Your Neighbor by Watching the Oscar Best Picture Nominees
Christians go to the movies for a number of different reasons. Most, if not all, of us go, like everybody else, to be entertained. We want to escape the drudgery or the sameness (or both) of our lives into worlds we don’t normally inhabit, worlds of superheroes or space travel, of cowboys or battlefields, of pageantry or plainness, but worlds that are filled with characters and stories we don’t know or experience in our own daily lives. Sometimes we go to be surprised. We don’t know anything about a film, and a friend invites us, and we go. Sometimes we go, expecting to be challenged by the sadness of a story, or by its hilarity, or by its social or political message.