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Hollywood & the Holy Word - Film & Biblical Echoes

作者: Krish Kandiah
日期: 16.05.2010
Category: 真理与多元主义

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An article exploring opportunities for a creative dialogue between film, general revelation and biblical evangelism.

There’s a tunnel on an eco-trail that follows the path of an old railway line behind the town where I live. Its dark and damp, has an unpleasant odour, and the walls are covered with questionable graffiti and chewed gum. Yet whether we are walking, cycling or jogging, my family can’t resist a pause in that tunnel. The children’s faces light up as we shout at the top of our voices for the thrill of hearing the echoes reverberate around us. We are the only ones there, but the very place speaks of others, and the irony is that although alone, we feel surrounded.

Contrast this with the image of a commuter. Sitting on a train crowded with other people, he shuts everybody out with the simple accessory of an ipod – he is surrounded, yet alone. But the deeper irony in this is that he is actually still surrounded. Choirs and orchestras fill his ears as he immerses himself in the experience of that bustling concert hall, or packed out stadium.

Significance

Peter Berger and Thomas Luckman take these ironies one step further, observing that cultures simultaneously exist “as both objective and subjective reality.”[1] The cultural artifacts that we produce, such as music, poetry and film, are at one level tangible expressions of the inner life. But their intrinsically subjective nature often produces an undeniable objective response as it shapes the cultural environment that affects our human life, thought and experience. Clifford Geertz illustrates this:

“the concept of culture I espouse… is essentially a semiotic one. Believing with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun.”[2]

Humanity enjoys listening to its own voice, whether this is children making echoes in a tunnel, or commuters listening to music on their i-pods on a train. But as we reflect on the skill, beauty and creativity of the artists our individual, subjective experience begins to influence our actual, objective reality, connecting us with one another in these ‘webs of significance’.

But the echoes of our own voices and the voices of other people throughout history and around the globe are joined by another far more significant voice. The voice that spoke creation into being reverberates around the universe still. It speaks to the children discovering science and nature and it speaks to the commuters discovering culture, however isolated they think they may be.

It is precisely because the subjective voices of our culture has the power to shape our reality that it is vital that we try to hear past them to recognize God’s authoritative voice echoing through itunes, the internet and the film industry. Helping these echoes become more audible is a powerful resource in our evangelistic and apologetic ministry. It draws on the sensus divinitatis that haunts every heart, and points out the fingerprints that the creator of the universe left on all that exists and on the moral sense that informs every conscience.

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Wow!  I sure do appreciate your article.  Thanks for clearly describing several ways that the movies, while inadequate and not the basis for exposition or exegeting, do indeed provide echoes that can "awaken an appetite for Scripture."  I will definitely be referring to these thoughts with my 3 teenagers and their friends, as I continue to encourage them to analyze and recognize the worldview and the powerful statements being made in the films we see.  Thanks!


12.10.2010
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Thanks for this brilliant article, Krish! Your insightful contribution is a wonderful model of how to be involved in media awareness and critique. Every blessing.


13.06.2010
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@ Lars_Dahle:

Hi Lars


thanks for your comment - you are a real expert in this field so your encouraging words are very gratefully received.


Looking forward to seeing you in Cape Town.


blessings


krish


16.06.2010
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Krish,

We have met back in 2005 when you were pastoring Enfield Church in Harrow. I used to come from time to time on a Sunday evening when I was a student at LST. I must say that I really enjoyed reading your article. It gives inspiration and is addressing a very important topic. In fact, it is essential for the Church and the Evangelists of our times to start listening to these echoes, and to give answers to our contemporaries using the medias and the means that are relevant to them. We should not expect people to come to churches if churches are not making bridges with them and are not able to talk about what they love to talk about, about what they love to listen to or watch.

Thanks for your "echo" idea, I find it very useful.

This article was overall very inspiring and shows Christianity in a way that is relevant, interesting, dynamic, and not boring, secluded and exlusive.


18.05.2010
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Krish,

Thanks for this insightful post. Your analysis of film (which I’m sure would work for other art forms) is helpful. The idea of ’echo’ is important in making conenections between art and the gospel, giving legitimacy to these connections, which are not intentional. Sometimes gospel presentations beinging from film feel forced and unnatural, the echo may help evangelists avoid this trap.

I’m ministering in a rural communtiy without a cinema! The local sports centre shows films two nights a week, once a fortnight, and the films have been on release for so long they have passed from the urban multiplex venues. So, in rural areas working up evangelistic presentations on the latest release won’t work for me. But this way of connecting, catching the echo, will still work for what is current in my community.

Thanks,

Gordon


18.05.2010

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