"Those who are interested in 'classical' fundamentalism should note Dixon’s [first editor of The Fundamentals] view of the theater. "

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Rob Fall's picture

Brother Dixon is really ringing the changes.  In his opinion, the whole BJU, MBBC, et al. drama (stage and screen) departments ought to be shut down. 

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

Wayne Wilson's picture

It is interesting how many Christians condemned the theater when it taught virtue, and now embrace it when it teaches vice. 

Brent Marshall's picture

Wayne Wilson wrote:

It is interesting how many Christians condemned the theater when it taught virtue, and now embrace it when it teaches vice. 

Ahh, but I do not think you are talking about the same Christians, are you?

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Wayne Wilson's picture

Brent Marshall wrote:

Wayne Wilson wrote:

It is interesting how many Christians condemned the theater when it taught virtue, and now embrace it when it teaches vice. 

Ahh, but I do not think you are talking about the same Christians, are you?

 

No, indeed. Not the same Christians, but often their children, and sometimes the same groups. 

Easton's picture

"You cannot ally yourself with the good without also being allied to the evil, for on the stage the good and the evil are in close alliance."

Using this guide, any form of entertainment or amusement would be considered off-limits for a true fundamentalist.

(Wish I would've had this quote when I was forced to attend Vespers and Artist Series at BJU.)

And politics - certainly Christians should avoid politics at all cost -- for where is good and evil in more "close alliance" than on the political stage?

TylerR's picture

Editor

Evangelist Sam Jones (1847-1906):

The enemies of Christianity are those who indulge in, or condone, dancing, card-playing, gambling, circuses, swearing, theater-going, billiards, baseball, low-cut dresses, society balls, novel reading, social climbing, and above all else, drinking alcoholic beverages.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Mike Harding's picture

No Baseball?  That's just un-American.  "Baseball, Chevrolet, an Apple Pie" is as wholesome as you get.

 

Circuses?  That's probably circumlocution for Washington D.C.

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Jay's picture

Why circuses are on that list myself.  Cruelty to animals, maybe?

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GregH's picture

Jay wrote:

Why circuses are on that list myself.  Cruelty to animals, maybe?

The history of circuses is fascinating. Not a good culture and it was abusive to employees as well as animals.

Rob Fall's picture

hundreds circuses crisscrossed the country.  It wasn't like today with only Barnum and Bailey.

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

Charlie's picture

So Milltown Pride isn't as period-specific fundy friendly as advertised.

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Rob Fall's picture

Yeup

Charlie wrote:

So Milltown Pride isn't as period-specific fundy friendly as advertised.

Hoping to shed more light than heat..