This week in the world of Breaking in the Habit Media, we find a common thread: when people come together, our collective identity takes on its own power an authority even if no one is consciously leading it.
The Tyranny of Mobs
It’s a familiar sight: mobs of people losing their minds. We see it at sporting events, in our streets, and online. Individually, each member might think of themselves as moral and rational, together they form something beyond anyone’s intention. How does this happen, and what can we do about it?
Kids can be so mean
On this week’s Everyday Liminality, Fr. Tito and I discuss the 1955 classic Rebel Without a Cause. Individually, the teens show themselves to be vulnerable, earnest, and capable of love, but together become a mob that attacks anything different from them.
Sometimes, the mob we experience isn’t so much a group of people with pitchforks as it is a collective understanding about something that isn’t true. Ingrained into our imaginations, it’s difficult to break these misconceptions. In this week’s Reclaiming Catholicism video, I look at the myth that Catholicism made martyrs for science.
That’s not Jesus
Alright, so this last one doesn’t quite fit the theme, but it’s pretty funny. Fr. Patrick and I invite a special guest host to Upon Friar Review to discuss some questionable depictions of Jesus.
My Biggest Announcement Yet
Over the past 7 years, I’ve announced books and new channels, summer tours and ordinations. All of them brought their own level of excitement and intrigue, and I couldn’t wait to share them at the time. None of them compare to what I’m going to share this week. On Wednesday evening at 7:00pm EDT, join me on Breaking In The Habit for a video announcing a project that has been literally 8 years in the making. I don’t know if you’re excited, but I can’t contain myself! See you then!
Until Wednesday, have a wonderful week!
Peace and good,
Brilliant trilogy, this was!
Re: Mobs – The dynamic you cited was spot-on! It really takes courage to not become part of the mob. I could easily imagine during Jesus’ trial a little kid saying, “Mommy isn’t this the same Jesus everyone was happy about when he came to town a few days ago?….What did he do to make people say, ‘Crucify Him’? (Kind of a spin off of *The Emperor’s New Clothes*).
Re: False Battle Between Science and Religion – Thanks for unpacking (and untangling) the mis- and disinformation about the scientists you mentioned and contextualizing what really happened.
Re: That is *Not* Jesus – It was a nice “dessert course” for the heavier topics. As far as Jesus getting violent, I see in *Revelation* that He will and it ain’t gonna be pretty, but He’s the only one to judge rightly; not me.
Great to see Brother Tito! Seeing y’all together has gotten my Monday off to a great start.
Blessings to you, Geoff Koerner Eugene, Oregon
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