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Christians and the Movies

This article first appeared at Proclaim & Defend, the blog of the Foundations Baptist Fellowship International. It is republished here with permission.

You can’t escape the media these days, which means almost everyone knows of their latest obsessions within a few hours of their formation. The last week or so, one story crowded out the regular obsessions. You can hardly go to a site on the web that isn’t offering some kind of opinion about Harvey Weinstein and the Hollywood scandal. I’ve read a few of these articles myself. Some of them offer some interesting and/or helpful insights. I’ll give some links throughout this post.

Two things interest me about the articles I’ve read. First, the voluminous secular reaction and (mostly) outrage. Second, the comparatively quiet Christian reaction, which fails to speak to what ought to concern Christians most about this scandal, at least in the articles I’ve been able to find.

Hypocrisy

Many writers focus on hypocrisy, both by the principals in the story and by the tongue-clucking observers in the pundit class. Jonah Goldberg skewers hypocrites on the left and the right with this:

3244 reads

The Shack "may raise some good questions, but avoid its heresies and answers"

"[W]hile The Shack may raise good questions, its answers (and its heresies) will make it just another downhill push for those on the slippery slopes of creating a free-form God out of loose-gripped truths and personal experiences." WORLD

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New documentary presents science behind young-earth claims

"[A] lot of people want to believe in a straightforward reading of the earliest accounts of Scripture but aren’t sure scientific evidence allows them to do so. Is Genesis History?, a new documentary that will premiere in a one-night-only event at 700 theaters across the country on Feb. 23, aims to give them a scientific basis for confidence in God’s Word." WORLD

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"I find it highly encouraging when Baptists and atheists speak out in support of one another."

"A campaign dedicated to eliminating discrimination against secular people has gained an unusual supporter. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary president Danny Akin posted a 2-minute video for the site, which is dedicated to eliminating discrimination against atheists, freethinkers, agnostics, humanists, and nonreligious people."   Baptist Seminary President Films Openly Secular Video

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“[A] new, groundbreaking documentary about the Holocaust can barely say the word ‘ Jew.’”

"HBO's documentary 'Night Will Fall' spoke of 'prisoners,' “inmates,' 'victims.' But who were they?

It takes an hour for 'Night Will Fall' to get around to uttering the word 'Jew' — and when it comes, it is from the lips of a Jewish survivor." Auschwitz was about the Jews

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