While Christians continue to revere both Tolkien and Lewis, they’ve typically given the flattery of imitation to only one. There’s a prevailing expectation that proper Christian art should echo Lewis—full of vivid symbolism, rich allegory, and evangelistic purpose. In fact, anything less is often deemed to be somehow sub-Christian. This attitude is unfortunate for several reasons, but perhaps none more lamentable than that it undercuts the beautiful legacy passed down by the two friends.
Cinema is a new frontier for Christians. With a few notable exceptions (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, etc.), the Church had historically taken a posture of defiance toward the emerging art form. As society became increasingly image-driven and advances in technology made it harder to evade Hollywood’s influence, a noticeable shift occurred. The Church recognized that... Continue Reading →
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We’ve all heard the phrase. The idiom is culturally ingrained and familiar…but is it true? I’ve wrestled with this question for the better part of a year and arrived at the unexpected conclusion that not only is this teaching false, but it’s also dangerous.
As usual, the discussion surrounding the Oscars extends far beyond mere movies, as has important cultural implications. Let's talk about it and how Christians should engage in the conversation.
Statistics, properly used, are a powerful tool, but we must not become blind devotees to the almighty numbers. In this week's blog I look at three ways that the debate over film ratings and statistics in Hollywood gives us a greater understanding of the dangerous seduction of numbers.
Another year has come and gone. As we look back on 2017, what does the box office tell us about the trends, mindset, and desires of Americans going into 2018?