Tuesday, March 02, 2010

"most satanic film ever" has "deeply Christian theology"

Mark Driscoll calls AVATAR "the most demonic, satanic film I've ever seen."

"['Avatar'] is new age, satanic, demonic paganism, and people are just stunned by the visuals, Well, the visuals are amazing because Satan wants you to emotionally connect with a lie.....Spirituality is demonology."
-Mark Driscoll

No comment.

But more info here.
And this by Jason Clark:
I must admit to being very moved by the film, and consider it one of the most significant films of our time, that shows the problem of the human condition, and that it resonates deeply with Christian theology. But something other than the demonic...Avatar is powerful not because it is demonic, but rather it reveals the human condition in it’s falleness and brokeness, and the need for a retraining of our desires to enter into a new way of life. As Augustine would say, human beings have fallen not from God but into themselves, so overwhelmed by the plentitude of life, that we collapse life into ourselves. Overwhelmed with desire, we desire desire and consume. The way out is the retraining of our desires, around their correct orientations with other. It’s not that we don’t love the world too much, its that we don’t love it enough and rightly, and have to learn that with others.
I left the movie, moved, and grateful, rather than depressed. Thanking God that the worship of the Christian Church, gives me language, grammar and ascesis for entry into a new world.

Also: an alternate way of preaching about Avatar is here, by Len Hjalmarson. His text is Ephesians 3.

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