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Subject: Remember the Titians? Newsletter_25
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001
I was interested in
film #96. Remember the Titians. Is this about artists or an expose of
hair colorers? Just wondering.
What? Perhaps I am missing humor here. Anyway, the film is about football
and racism. -David
TOP OF LIST
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001
As a Christian and
a long-time fan of sci-fi & fantasy -- with Mr. Tolkien's works being
at the top of the list -- it has always been my bias to try and see how
the material may in some way inform my own personal relationship to God.
Not operating on the
scholarly level that I've seen in your own writings it would be, currently,
improbable for me to make as fine and detailed a case for my position
-- not necessarily in opposition to your own -- as you have for yours.
I suppose that, speaking
only for myself of course, I don't try and do such a detailed analysis
or critical dissemination of the works as you have -- not that that is
wrong in any way. That isn't to say, however, that I simply ignore the
details of the tapestry of such marvelous masterpieces: their genius,
in my opinion, is reason enough to delve into them and attempt to lay
them out for a more awe-inspiring understanding of what their author accomplished.
Even if the actual
meaning given to the design is not in direct or obvious support of the
Christian faith I am still left humbled by the grandeur of what was accomplished.
Even if Mr. Tolkien had intentionally -- which I don't find any supporting
facts for -- made his efforts for the purpose of undermining Christianity
specifically, I would still be just as awestruck by the exercise of such
genius and artistry that is most definitely God-given. An improper use
of one's gifts and talents -- and I am not saying this was the case for
Mr. Tolkien -- does not preclude them being evidence of a grand Creator
and bringing Him the due respect of those who recognize His hand in the
I believe that for
most folks, just as it has been with myself, the basic storyline and,
more importantly, the characters are what strike at the heart the most.....moreso
than the detailed foundational material. The struggle between good and
evil; the playing out of the many different individuals' struggles in
the midst of the war......these are the things that strike at me the most.....and
have as well for my many friends over the years. And I see much to emulate
with regards to Christian behaviour when the books are viewed this way.
The Middle Earth mythos that seems to be the area of concern is really
no concern to me at all. I agree that if one attempted to refine their
beliefs based on Mr. Tolkien's fiction that it may steer them in the wrong
direction, but I've yet to run into anyone in my Christian circle of friends
that has espoused a real-world faith based on a mythical creation. And
I have many friends who are Christians who are well aware of, and fans
of, Mr. Tolkien. But to them, as well as myself, the books are entertaining
and imaginatively inspiring.....but they are only works of fiction.....we
all call them fantasy fiction. We love them and, as I said, are creatively
inspired by them, but while we may secretly long to see an elf or a hobbit,
we haven't adjusted our world-view of Christ the Creator, etc. Now that
isn't to say that at some point before God's revealed earth history to
us in the scriptures there may have been.....well.....who knows....? :)
On the subject of
magic's portrayal in fiction.....For my part it's just as simple as context.
Fiction doesn't have to be an exact description of our world in it's elements
in order to be legitimate for use or consideration. The issue, to me,
is good vs. evil. I realize that many religious folk would jump on that
and say that the magic would obviously need to be portrayed as evil in
order for it to not be anti-Christian. I disagree. Sorcery and the like
as condemned in the scriptures was for the reason of the person(s) being
subject to the powers of darkness ( as they are defined scripturally ).
Sorcery was not condemned because of the magical effects it's spells might
have had......and this could really get confusing since, scripturally,
there is a large gap between what the effects of "magic" is there and
what "magic" is in the LOTR for example. Jesus walking on water, healing
the sick, walking through walls, disappearing and reappearing, altering
matter ( water to wine, the fishes and loaves ) are all magical effects.
But it just depends on how any individual defines the term "magic" as
to whether or not it is or isn't evil. Christ's "magic" was the power
of the Holy Spirit working through Him. In the LOTR, and other fantasy
fiction, the issue is not whether Christ is real or not....It's the matter
of the basic good vs. evil. Gandalf's "magic", regardless of the mythical
source that the author came up with, was simply good magic. It didn't
have to be anything more. The issue was, again, good vs. evil, not Christian
vs. demoniac or atheist. Again.....context.
The witchhunt mentality
that has lead to so much rediculousness coming from the pulpits over my
lifetime -- and I'm certain before it just as well as I review history
-- has been more of an indictment against Christians in general than any
alleged threats to society. Would that parents would encourage their children
to "READ" good fantasy literature such as Mr. Tolkien's, C.S. Lewis, Goerge
MacDonald and many others instead of inspiring a book-burning mentality.
Live Long and Prosper :)>
Tim Kretzer firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Dear Greg Lord_of_Rings
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001
From: Riana Swart, Johannesburg, South Africa
Many thanks for this
interesting website, and publishing this information on the Internet.
I read LOTR, the Hobbit and one or 2 other Tolkien books on Middle Earth,
several years ago. I do not have the books any longer. What brought me
into reading your website, was the current noise on Harry Potter, and
the fact that LOTR and Lewis's Narnia tales are upheld as the good Christian
alternative reading matter. I have read all of these, including the 4
Harry Potter books. I could not agree with a view point like this, either
all of them are OK, or ALL of them are not. A lot of what is applied to
HP also applies to the other 2 series. I read Narnia and HP all in the
last 6 months. I experienced Narnia as much heavier as HP. I can also
remember that I found LOTR as quite dark.
At the time I read
LOTR, I was involved in evangelism in situations where we had a lot to
do with New Age, etc. I associated Gandalf with a New Age "ascended master",
and had some misgivings about the books. Soon afterwards I found out that
there were roll-playing games available on LOTR - that really made the
books a no-no. Whether I was right or wrong, could be another discussion,
but I am reflecting my view point at that time.
I have not read all
your info on LOTR in detail. Some time ago a South African news paper
had an article on Tolkien, as he was born in South Africa. It was particular
mentioned that he was not in favour of cults that arose based on his books.
I want to give some
background on myself: My reading abilities was more advanced than that
of my peers. I skipped the classical fairy tale stage, but read a lot
on mythology. Praise God, it did not have an affect on my life. I believe
that each person is in the end responsible about what they read. But people
should be consistent about the rules they apply. (I have a friend who
will not allow her children to read ANY stories which contains reference
to witches, wizards, etc. At least she is consistent.)
Anyway, I just wanted
to say thanks for the info.
Riana Swart, Johannesburg, South Africa
Subject: Your website
Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2001
From: "Charles Steele"
I really enjoyed exploring your website. I know you get a lot of email,
but I wanted to share some thoughts with you.
Jesus brought a two
part message to the world:
1. He is one with God
2. So are we
Jesus knew that we
would have trouble accepting that we are one with God, so he offers himself
as bridge. If we can not believe that we are one with God, then we should
believe that Jesus is one with God, and that if we believe in Jesus, than
we are one with him. In this way we can believe that we are one with God
indirectly, through Jesus. Mathematicians call this the transitive property:
If a = b and b = c, then a = c.
The tradional Christian
churches accept the first part, but the second part they try to supress,
because that would be the end of their power. The church wants to be a
middleman between us and God. But if we are already a part of God, then
we do not need a church any more. Why would we need a middleman between
ourself and ourself? So they invented a mythology in which we are born
lost and unworthy of God. If we want to get right with God, we must come
to God exactly as they say we must, which happens to be through them.
If we try to come to God in any other way, God will be very angry and
will punish us with eternal torment. That gives them a lot of power, dosen't
it? We had better do as they say...or else!
The truth is that
we are not lost and we are not unworthy. We already are one with God.
God is all that exists and all that exists is a part of God. It is not
possible to not be a part of Him. We already are worthy of God. As a part
of Him, how can we be unworthy of Him? Is your left foot unworthy of the
rest of you?
God has not cast us
out, has not rejected us, has not turned his back to us - He never can
and never will do any such things, because we are one with Him. How can
He reject a part of Himself?
We also don't need
to do anything at all in order to get right with God. God will never judge
us and will never punish us. Remember, He is all that exsists, so how
can He punish Himself, and why would He ever want to?
We have nothing to
repent of and we have nothing to confess, for we have done no harm. We
can not harm God or damage Him in any way - so what reason would He ever
have to be angry with us or seek vengence on us? We can do nothing that
He can not instantly undo, so what reason is there to ever get upset and
want reason is there to punish us? And once again, He is all that there
is, so there is really no one else for Him to punish!
We don't have to do
anything to earn eternal life or to go to heaven. We have all existed
forever and we all will exist forever, for we are one with God, and He
is eternal. Every part of Him is eternal - there is no exception. We will
all go to heaven when this life ends, no matter what. There is nowhere
else to go after death - heaven is the only possible destination. There
is no hell. What would God do with such a place and who would He send
there? Remember, there is only Him! Why would he send Himself to such
a place? Heaven is the eternal home of all of us. It is where we all came
from and it is where we will all go again. There is nothing that you can
do in this life that will prevent you from going there. Remember, you
can not harm God. The true essence of everything is God, since all is
a part of Him. Therefore, you can bring harm to nothing at all, no matter
how hard you try. What reason could there be for God to lock a part of
Himself out of heaven when that part of Him has done no harm?
God does not need
or want us to do anything. God is already complete - He is all that there
is. Therefore He needs, wants and lacks nothing. Whatever He desires simply
is. He creates it instantly. Therefore, He can never go without, and there
is certainly nothing that He needs from us. He does not need us to follow
any set of rules or laws. He does not need our service, our worship, or
even our love. We can not dissapoint Him, because He has no expectations
of us. There is nothing we can give Him that He cannot simply create for
Himself. He certainly does not need our fear. We definitely do not need
to fear God. God is love - pure, absolute, unconditional love. Why would
anyone be afraid of that? What Jesus came to save us from is the thought
that we are not one with God. The only hell is thinking that you are unworthy
of God. That is the only way in which a human being can be lost. And today
many chruches are using Christ's name to tell people that they are not
one with God, that they are bad, that they are lost, etc - just the opposite
of his mssage to the world! Isn't that ironic?
This email has gotten
much longer than I expected when I started it! I hope it has been interesting
for you to read. Feel free to post it if you wish. And of course, please
feel free to respond if you would like to.
Sincerely, C Steele
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2001
I enjoyed Simon Birch.
It combined an entertaining, heartwarming story with a great lesson on
faith. Simon is a small person with big faith. He believes that God has
great plans for him, and that he will be a hero. Simon fits right in with
Hebrews 11 as an "unlikely hero" who is commended for his faith. The people
in Hebrews 11 were judged by their faith, not by the law. This is the
message Simon conveys when he makes the statement, "If God's made the
church bake sale a priority, we're in a lot of trouble." The church represented
in Simon Birch has grown cold and focuses more on the law than faith.
This is similar to the church in Romans, and Simon can be related to Paul
in the message he brings. God makes Simon a hero of faith when he uses
him to save children from the sinking bus. This shows us that no matter
who we are, or the state we are in (physically, not geographically), if
we have faith and put our trust in God, we can be used for great things.
I agree with Ron Zuck when he says that this movie also deals with the
search for the Father as the key to our identity. Joe, with Simon's help,
eventually does find his Father. The opening scene of the movie tells
us that Joe as a man (cameo by Jim Carrey) has found his true Father,
God, because of Simon's faith. Joseph Mazzello and Ian Michael Smith acted
brilliantly in this movie. Joseph is definitely more talented than many
of today's teen actors, who unfortunately receive more publicity. All
in all, this is a well-made movie with a valuable lesson. "Now faith is
being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews
11:1. I suggest the reading of Hebrews 11 for a deeper understanding of
the faith portrayed through Simon Birch.
PS: There is a typo
you may want to change in the "New Link" section of the Simon Birch bulletin
board. It may not be the best idea to "change the link to go to the "Simon
Bi#ch" section of Joseph Mazzello's official web page.
ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001
From: Kris Childress
A few thoughts -
Although Harry Pendel (the Tailor) attempts to tell "small" untruths for
somewhat noble purposes (to avoid family strife, to help Panamanian friends
in need), the corrupt world he finds himself in turns these "minor embellishments"
on the truth into an horrendous climax. This is very akin to the results
of turning away from God's standards - even in a limited way and for "noble"
motives. Like "A Simple Plan", this is a wickedly funny/scary portrayal
of a long day's journey into night.
The film has been
interestingly updated to deal with a more realistic, current situation
in Panama in the post-American Canal phase - a nice touch.
The cast is particularly
strong - although I would have liked a better role for the local Panamanians
- they seemed a bit flat, like the Americans in this Anglo-centric production.
Subject: one simple question
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001
From: Astina MN
What exactly does
Godzilla have to do with Jesus? What exactly is Hollywood Jesus? Okay,
that was more than one question. But maybe you could e-mail me back the
answer to them. I would really appreciate that thank you -
There is no relationship between Jesus and Godzilla. There is a relationship
between Godzilla and the chaos monster in the Bible. HJ is a movie review
site from a spiritual point of view. -David
OF THE RINGS IS NOT HUMANISTIC
Subject: Lord of the Rings
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001
From: "Austin Johnson"
I regret to
say that I was sorely dissapointed with your view of Tolkien's work. Statements
like "Much is made of Tolkien’s association with C. S. Lewis, and
the presumption is that Lewis’ intense Christian spirituality somehow
rubbed off on Tolkien and found its way into his work. " make it painfully
obvious that you know very little about your subject. Tolkien, a devoted
christian for all of his life, converted Lewis, an athiest-turned-"theist",
to christianity. If anyone rubbed off on anyone, it was Tolkien on Lewis.
I don't mind you carrying the opinion of Tolkiens work as secular, which
it is to a point, or even Humanist, but at least have important facts
On another point,
you have neglected to mention the obvious symbollism of the One Ring as
a symbol of sin. Take a look at how the Ring works. You don't notice it's
evil power at first, and by the time you do notice it, it has a hold on
you. Sound Familiar? Throughout the work there is the constant debate
of whether or not the Ring should be used to attack Sauron, the devil
figure of the book. It is determined that the Ring is evil and cannot
be used against Sauron. Two wrongs don't make a right. Sin cannot be used
to overcome our enemy.
An important fact
was also left out of your description of the ANGELIC beings of the Valar.
You did not distinguish them as anything less than Divine. Tolkien makes
it plain that Illuvatar, Eru (who's name means "The One") is Lord of Middle
Earth, while the Valar are mere stewards. They were Angels sent to gaurd
Middle earth. The fact that they are given charge of different elements
of Middle Earth is evidence of Greco-Roman/Norse influence, but it is
not polytheistic.The fallen angel, Melkor (later renamed Morgoth) , is
an obvious reference to Lucifer, now Satan. Even their names, before their
respective falls, have similar meanings.
As for a Christ figure,
while there is no direct divine sacrifice, there are several characters
who make great sacrifices for the good of Middle Earth, or Arda. The first
that comes to mind is that of Earendil, the elven mariner who takes the
Silmaril across the sea to the Valar, and , in essence, dies (if only
to the world of Arda) in the process. The character of Frodo is another
of these characters. He nearly dies in the process of destroying the One
Ring (sin, if you recall) and saves all of Arda.
The battle of good
vs. evil in Tolkien's mythology (you were correct to call it such) is
more of a physical struggle than that of ours. The Valar, for instance
are physically within reach. It would only be necessary to cross the sea.
The devil figures of Morgoth and Sauron are physical beings. Sauron, for
instance, loses a finger. In the real world, Satan could not lose a finger,
but for Tolkien's devil figures, it was possible. Since the struggle is
more physical than that of our Earth, then it can also be assumed that
a physical sacrifice was made. This sacrifice takes place in the form
of Gandalf, a spiritual being who "dies" fighting the Balrog. During this
fight he is a physical being, but afterward, when he has defeated the
Balrog, he is worn to the point of exhaustion, and physical death. Then
his spiritual form is revealed. The Eagle remarks about being able to
"see the Sun " through Gandalf's body. Gandalf has now made the sacrifice,
and is able to complete his role as Gandalf the White, a more powerful
being. He has made the sacrifice.
Once again, you are
entitled to your own opinion, but I believe that JRR Tolkien's "Lord of
the Rings" is not humanistic. If you want to carry this "mythology" on
to the present day, you will see the transition of the physical aspect
of the supernatural to a more spiritual aspect. You will agree with me,
I'm sure, that the miraculous moves of God in the Old Testament days,
and even in the Early church are not as prominent today. Altars are not
consumed with fire. Tablets are not carved, supernaturally, from stone.
Waters are not parted. The reason for this is simple. God is not gone.
His manifestation in us has changed because of the sacrifice of Jesus.
These Physical events are no longer needed. We have the Holy Spirit. The
Law has passed. The modern evidence (that is to say, outside of history)
to back up our faith is not in physical events, but in the actions of
the Christians. Is this not true? Tolkien's work is the same. The physical
aspects of the supernatural have been replaced with spiritual evidence.
I understand what
you are attempting to do here, but you missed one important fact, and
it has skewed your viewpoint. That fact, as I stated before, was that
Tolkien was not "influenced" by Christianity, but that he was Christian,
and that he worked his beliefs into his literature. The Greco-Roman/Norse
influence is merely to add texture to his work. It is not meant to be
taken seriously. I do agree with you on one thing though. The spiritual
aspect of LOTR will be dumbed down for the sake of appeal, and mostly
for time. Thank you for your time, and keep up the good work.
PS Instead of comparing
the Akallabeth, the story of Numenor, to Atlantis, try comparing it to
Judaism, and the fall of the great Hebrew society of the Old Testament
to slavery.A much better comparison, no?
Subject: Is it true?
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001
Hi, I've received
the following email recently, do you know whether it is true or just a
chain letter. Please advise, many thanks. Kenny
Dear you in Christ,
There is a movie that is coming out in 2001 claiming that both Jesus and
his disciples were gay. There is already a play that went on for a while.
We can all do something! Please send this to ALL of your friends to sign
to stop the movie from showing in America. Already certain areas in Europe
have started to ban it from coming to their country and we can stop it
too! We just need a lot of signatures, and you can help! Please do not
delete this! Deleting it shows your lack of faith and respect for our
Lord! Jesus said, "Deny Me before men and I will deny you before the Father"
Show respect for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died for us! Please
help! PLEASE SIGN AND SEND TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW! PLEASE... IF WE WORK
TOGETHER WE CAN BAN THIS! Note this works better if you copy it and paste
instead of pushing the "Forward" button. Step 1) Do this by highlighting
the entire message, including all names. Step 2) Go to the edit button
and push "copy". Step 3) Open a new message and put the cursor in the
message area, go back to "edit" and now click on "paste". Step 4) Scroll
to the bottom and add your name and number, then pass it on!!
This is very bogus. An urban legend. Do not be taken in. see Newsletter
A FAMILY THAT STICKS TOGETHER
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001
How many times have
we seen a sequel where the romantic leads from the first film are no longer
together. Perhaps there is a new actor or actress, or perhaps they've
been married then divorced - but rarely do you see a married couple in
an adventure. I suppose Hollywood finds this "unsexy." But I sat through
the whole film just in a buzz over how in love the two were and how important
their son was to them. Add to this the lack of language and sex and gore
(ok, it was a little violent, but ultimately free of offensive elements).
Let's hope this IS the beginning of a new trend.
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VS GEN X
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001
Very insightful commentary.
I hadn't put it in those terms but I had noticed that several of my older
friends who are moms of teenagers were totally rejecting their musical
tastes, trying to make them like Stephen Curtis Chapman and trying to
keep them from wearing black. I knew that this behavior bothered me but
I didn't know why. Why do we assume that if someone wears all black and
has a tatoo or a nose ring that they are worshipping Satan?
REACTION TO CULTURE
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001
I think that Christians
have forgotten the bitterness of their faith. What I mean is that we are
in Laodicea. We think we are rich and don't need a thing. We forget that
we are in reality naked, poor and pitiful. It is only because we have
found Christ, or He has found us, that we can become rich. And so instead
of finding the common "dirtiness" with our non-church friends, we become
righteous. We are the judge and anything the world produces must be dirty
without and redemptive quality.
To quote Bill Mallonee,
frontman for the band Vigilantes of Love; "Everybody has that experience
(the fall), believer and non-believer. In fact, I think that's the meeting
point between Christian and non-Christian. We have a vocabulary to describe
feelings of lostness and alienation that still plague us, to my mind,
this side of heaven." Just a thought.
Subject: top spiritual films Newsletter_25
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001
funny, i read through
the list and found none of my favorites except matrix.
1. end of days...................
not perfect theology of end times, but at the end, when arnie throws down
all of his weapons which he finally realizes are useless against satan
and kneels before the cross - wow! and it's a hollywood movie! and the
SPIRIT empowers him to resist the evil one! what a message!
2. the messenger (i
think that's the title - the story of joan of arc) - an excellent portrayal
of the intensity of a prophet and how one step out of sync with the rest
of the world we seem when we are really in touch with the Lord. inspiring
story of following one's beliefs to the end.
3. the matrix, of
course can't think of any more right now, perhaps at another time.
I will be revising the list. Thank you for your additions. -David
ENJOYS HOLLYWOOD JESUS
Subject: Stumbling along by accident...
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001
From: David B
Hello. I just wanted
to send you a quick note and tell you that I quite enjoy your site. It
is very well done and I am most impressed by that it has not as much as
I have read ever really put down a film for being negative in any way.
It always seems to find the positive aspect when reviewing a film from
the Christian perspective. I have seen too many web sites attack a film
for being satanic or evil in nature when that was quite obviously not
the intent. Anyway, Thank you for the site and keep up the good work.
I will return.
Thank you for your uplifting encouragement. Long live the Pagans! I much
more enjoy the company of Pagans to that of fundamentalistic and judgemental
Christians. May all your visits to Hollywood jesus be happy part of your
spiritual journey. God is not through with us yet. Right? Also, you are
right about "Christian" attacks. Many of them are unfair, and
untruthful. The Bible says Satan is the father of the lie. So would that
mean that untruthful "Christian" attacks are in themselves satanic?
...Hmm. I think it does. -Warmly yours David
NOT TYPICAL CHRISTIAN
Subject: Fumbling towards enlightenment.
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001
From: "Dave Yung"
I discovered your
website quite by accident. While doing a movie search I saw A "Christian"
referrence to the movie "Dogma" and clicked it, expecting to see the typical
bashing of the "cesspool" of Hollywood. Instead I found one of the most
enlightening, profound and deephearted reviews I've ever read.
Perhaps a bit of background
information would be helpful. For the majority of my 32 years I have labelled
myself agnostic. Not due to a disbelief in God of Jesus, but stemming
rather from my own inability to reconcile my personal beliefs from all
the public statements being made by "noted Christian" representatives.
In my 20's I spent a total of three years travelling around the world.
I have hitch hiked through the Australian outback, I have stayed with
friends in Bali, I have driven acoss Africa, and I have listened to the
afternoon prayers in the mosques of Egypt. Everywhere I have travelled,
I have met "good" people, be they Buddist, Moslem, Hindu, Jewish, Christian
(or while staying on the island of Tavaru) Cargo Cultists. Growing up
in a Baptist church, I had been spoon fed the belief in the "one true
faith" and witnessed openly, from the podium in the front of my church,
a preacher announce that everybody that didn't believe that Jesus Christ
is our one and only saviour was doomed to an eternity in hell. Growing
up in this environment, then actually meeting and gaining my own perspective
on these people I heard so reviled in the church sermons, completely turned
me away from any faith I once had as a Christian. Also it seems that any
time you turn on the television, and a "Christian" minister is being broadcast,
he/she is always condemning someone or something because it doesn't fit
in with their personal view of the way that the world should be. I have
always felt that there is a higher power than ourselves, I have also always
believed that Jesus did walk among us, doing good deeds and generally
promoting kindness among fellow human beings. Put simply, the higher power
I believe in would not blindly condemn to an eternity of suffering those
who do not comply with their own narrow frame of beliefs. Regardless of
WHAT the minister in my church said to the masses, Mother Theresa is not
burning in hell because she is a Catholic. Ghandi is not roasting due
to his "Pagan" views. And the Dali Lhama does not face heavenly retribution
for all the people he has "turned from Christ". This is the yardstick
I have always held Christianity up against, and like the very people I
resent for condemning others due strictly for their beliefs, until recently
I condemned all of the fundamentalist Christians due to their beliefs.
And then I found your
website. I remember listening to a guy at work bashing the movie "Dogma"
as being incredibly blasphemous and against God. I was so intrigued that
I went out and watched the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it and when I returned
to work the next day, I tried to discuss it with the guy. he informed
me that he hadn't actually seen the movie, but since it came from Hollywood,
and it was a religious comedy, he didn't need to "smell the sewer to know
it stinks". I filed this under "typical Christian reaction" until looking
into buying the DVD today. I ran across your review and now I feel that
every narrow minded belief I had in Christianity has been blown completely
out of the water. I may even pick up the Bible again. I have now poured
over your archives, and as ridiculous as it may sound, I might just see
enough connection with my own beliefs to start caring again. Your reviewers
don't simply quote a bit of scripture from the bible (something that has
never really made clear sense to me) and leave it at that, like it's the
final word said on the matter. Rather they look at a film and attempt
to put in into perspective. Geez, if you can find a Christian story line
in "Fight Club", you can't be the closed minded group I once assumed all
of you guys to be.
Thank you for bridging the gap.
Regards Dave Yung
Thank you so much for you warm and wonderful words. I do take my share
of licks from "typical Christians." So I really appreciate your
affirmation. Warmly yours, David
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