Many conservative Christians believe Christianity requires a narrow moralism in which Christians don’t dance, drink, swear, play cards, see Restricted movies, etc. This becomes a real obstacle for apologists because a narrow, arbitrary moralism does not appear to be a plausible candidate for being the revealed religion of the one true God. For that reason, […]
Puritans at the Cinema
Let me begin with this tweet I came across yesterday from Sean McDowell: A for Ant-Man and the Wasp: fun, creative, and clean. pic.twitter.com/QAyW5EaWoG — Sean McDowell (@Sean_McDowell) July 14, 2018 Fun? Check! Creative? Check! Clean? Check! I know what “fun” and “creative” are. But what does McDowell mean when he says “clean”? Presumably, he […]
Gratuitious sex, violence and swearing at the movies? The debate continues
In “How many ‘F’ words in a film is TOO many?” I critiqued Michael Medved (nineteen years after the fact) and the moralistic-checklist cultural criticism that he and his culture war ilk represent. (Whew, that’s a mouthful.) Brad Haggard responded as follows: Randal, I think I know what you’re saying, but i still am somewhat […]
How many ‘F’ words in a film is TOO many?
It has been nineteen years since conservative commentator and film critic Michael Medved published the bestseller Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values (HarperCollins, 1992), a book that made him a hero for “family values” conservatives across North America. While Medved made some valid points about the debasedness of some pop […]