For a while now, I’ve wanted to do something that would help Christians get a better sense of how to approach film and literature. I fear that the effects of the “culture wars” of the 80s still linger, and Christians too often think about movies as just tools of moral education or propaganda, and therefore only watch things that are “safe” (like Star Wars and Marvel movies) or things that explicitly reinforce their values (like the God’s Not Dead series).
I think this is a mistake, for a number of reasons. Not only do the “safe” movies rarely operate according to sound doctrine, but treating art as a mere training tool strips it of its human element.
To this end, I’ve started a video essay / lecture series titled “Renewed Mind Movie Talk.” Every Tuesday, I’ll post a new video in which I unpack the worldview of a film (or, occasionally, a tv show or comic book), and put it into conversation with Christian theology.
I’ll do this, not with the goal of sanctifying the film, but rather to help uncover the real human desires or beliefs expressed in the movie, and then think about how Christianity responds to these same longings or convictions. I hope that this series will teach Christians how to recognize the human in popular art, and how to care for that humanity in light of the gospel.
My first video addresses the morality of 2008’s Iron Man, and relates it to Christian morality, as expressed in Ephesians 2:1-10. I hope you enjoy, shoddy production values and all.