I was on the Bee again with the most excellent Ethan Nicolle and the most disturbing Kyle Mann.
We talk about epic films (Braveheart, The Patriot, Ben Hur) where individuals are willing to live and die for transcendent values set in all-encompassing civilization-shaking settings, and a lot of people get stabbed. We also talk about the secular-sacred divide in films and the genre of “Christian” movies. Spoiler: Not all Christian movies are crap.
This was a different interview than most I’ve had.
Seth McVey from Apolo-Neering asks me to give my testimony about how I became a Christian. Then we talk about Hollywood and whether or not it is controlled by dark occultic forces and how a Christian worldview can make it in that dark world.
YouTube took the video down, so here is the audio:
I was interviewed by John Piper’s website in response to their questions about horror movies. Understandably, and respectfully, they do not share my appreciation of horror. But they were very open-minded and open-hearted to listen to me and give me a voice.
I really think Christians need to realize the tremendous moral power of the horror genre. It’s not for everyone, but God loves the horror genre, so Christians should at least respect it.
The movie IT, is a classic coming of age horror story of a group of young misfit outcasts who must not only face the returning supernatural evil in their small town, but face the fears and evils in their own lives in order to grow up. It’s not for the feint of heart, and it’s not perfect, but I think it exemplifies moral lessons in line with the Christian worldview.
Five of the top 10 movies at the box office this year are superhero movies. And eight of the top 25 films of all time are superhero flicks.
So, why are we as a society so obsessed with superheroes? Is there, perhaps, a spiritual reason behind the craze? Brian Godawa, a professional author and filmmaker, believes there is.
A Christian in the entertainment industry, Godawa says we are attracted to superheroes on the big screen because we have a natural desire to fill – as Pascal said – the God-shaped vacuum inside all of us. But that’s not the only reason.
Superhero movies are the topic of this week’s edition of War of the Worldviews.
Godawa also discusses:
What we can teach our kids after watching superhero movies.
What he thought about the popular movie Wonder Woman.