Friday, December 23, 2005
Finding God Through Narnia?
I think you've got to get into some pretty difficult contortions to find specifically Christian themes in Slaughterhouse V, but Billy is a Chaplain and his name is Pilgrim and his being unstuck in time does give him a kind of omniscience and understanding that could be forced into some kind of religios construct...
But Catch 22? That's a stretch.
If, however, churches want to start showing movies like Catch 22, who knows, maybe I'd attend.
As for the stories of the Bible being to passe'...The Chronicles were written in he 50s. So the need to find some exciting way of hearing spiritual themes did not begin with our generation. In fact, "Pilgrim's Progress" written by John Bunyan in 1675 was an alegory written to persuade individuals seek out spiritual (specifically Christian) truths.
I think people love stories in general. Well made films can tell great stories. I think there are many many films that contain spirituality. If the true mission of the Church is to help individuals find God then they should be using to resources/media of the day to help parishioners do just that.
By the way... there is a non-denominational church here in Ohio that meets on Sunday Morning in one of the large multi-plex theaters. They collect offering in popcorn buckets. My guess is that this has got to be good for the theater business too! Come for church stay for the feature film!