It speaks of the very thing my new novel, The Dragon King does, that the ancient Chinese language is a pictorial language that embodies the stories and theology of Genesis thousands of years before they ever had contact with the West or the Bible.
I was interviewed by Derek Gilbert about the replica of Ba’al’s Arch of Triumph in London. Watch it here.
A replica of the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria, was erected in London’s Trafalgar Square today. It was part of the Great Colonnade, a Roman street that linked the Temple of Bel (Ba’al) to the city’s western gate. Did Christians make too much fuss over the original plan to recreate the gate to the Temple of Bel?
Did you know that the Bible uses subversion regarding pagan imagination? Biblical writers took the same poetic imagery and description that the Canaanites used of Ba’al and they redeemed it by using that exact same language of Yahweh. This isn’t syncretism (mixing religions), like liberal scholars and other Bible-haters try to promote, this is subversion. Redemption of pagan imagination. See for yourself in this short video.
Some people think that Leviathan in the Bible is a whale or a sea dinosaur. It’s not. It’s a mythical sea dragon of chaos. And it appears in all the ancient Near Eastern religions, including Judaism and Christianity. Not only that, but it has multiple heads. I kid you not. Read the Bible a little closer with me in this presentation and you’ll discover what the Bible really says about Leviathan.
Brian Godawa, Hollywood screenwriter and best-selling novelist, explores the nature of imagination in the Bible. He explains how God subverts pagan religions by appropriating their imagery and creativity, and redeeming them within a Biblical worldview. The sea dragon Leviathan, the Storm God and others are examined within their Biblical context to draw out the spiritual meaning. Improve your imagination in glorifying God and defending the faith.
It’s 220 B.C. The ancient Western Empire is crumbling. In a desperate bid to save his throne, the Greek king over Babylon sends his son, Antiochus, a dishonored warrior, into the mysterious land of the Far East to capture a mythical creature that will give him absolute power: a dragon. What he finds is an exotic world ruled by a brutal emperor on a mad quest to find the elixir of immortality.
Some people think the Bible is a Veggie Tales cartoon, or Little House on the Prairie – safe, and family friendly “Christian” genre. But they’re wrong. Bloody gore, bone chilling fear, serial killers, Vampires, zombies, werewolves and other mutant monsters are in the Bible. No, this is not an exaggeration for a headline. See for yourself. I prove it in this presentation.
In this condensed version of my talk, I explore the genre of horror and explain the 4 ways that horror is used redemptively in the Bible and in movies. Horror reveals man’s sinful nature, exposes the consequences of sin, uncovers man’s spiritual pride, and expresses social commentary. Powerpoint visuals.
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BDK: Join me as Brian Godawa discusses the spiritual themes behind his latest book The Dragon King: The First Emperor of China. The Dragon King is a action-adventure story rooted in the ancient history of China that uses elements of fantasy to portray unseen spiritual truths. Using ancient historical and mythological research, Brian tells the story of an exotic world ruled by a brutal emperor who is on a mad quest to find the elixir of immortality. Along the way he reveals a fascinating connection that the ancient Chinese have with the God of the Bible. Did the influence of dark spiritual principalities and powers lead to the rise of a Chinese Nimrod figure? Join me as we examine what lies behind the rise of the Dragon King!