“Hidden Figures – Imagine a New World” (Renewed Mind Movie Talk, Episode 05)

A little later than I wanted, but here’s the newest episode of Renewed Mind Movie Talk!

In this episode, we’re looking at the 2016 historical drama Hidden Figures.

Hidden Figures uses mathematics as a metaphor for imagining a different world, creating new math to advance the new science of space travel helps us think about undoing institutional racism in the United States.

This rethinking mirrors the new world Jesus describes in the Sermon on the Mount. The weak, the dejected, the peacemakers are the people through whom he will establish his kingdom.

Hidden Figures illustrates this principle, but only to a point. As I’ll discuss, it falls short by keeping intact an “us versus them” logic, simply moving it from racial to national antagonism.

See the whole thing here! And if you like it, maybe share with someone else who might find it interesting!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Really enjoyed your review of the movie. Really enjoyed even more your explanation of the Kingdom of God as Jesus presented it in the Sermon On The Mount! You made the Kingdom and it’s differences simple to understand and your own excitement showed really well. Sign me up for that! Wait! I’m already there! Nicely done.

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    1. Ha! That’s always my response when I see people, especially Christians, mimicking the kingdoms of the world: “Don’t you know how much better it could be?”

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