Wow. Isaac went kind of deep in his most recent post. These are my thoughts.
His theory that all fiction is categorically agnostic is very interesting. This is the crux of the issue that the Correlation Blog was formed to address. Being both a Christian and a nerd (geek) is not always easy to do because so many fandoms are based on decidedly un-Christian worldviews. We’ve been referring to this idea in several posts.
Can a Christian accept evolution in stories?
Should we celebrate superhero vigilantism?
What about worlds with recognized higher powers like polytheism or magic?
Are portrayals of Judeo-Christian mythology in fiction sacrilegious?
Should we accept homosexual relationships in stories?
What about “fan service,” casual sex, possibly senseless violence, foul language, and horror?
And most recently, can God and aliens exist in the same universe?
But at least half of our posts have been about finding Christian-compatible themes in fiction. It’s not all deep and difficult questions.
We defined the audience and purpose of this blog for our class back in January: to show Christians that fandoms have value and Christian-compatible themes, and to make geeks and nerds consider their fandoms in a new light. We did not set out to point out sacrilege and flaws in these fandoms. We like them too; we wouldn’t want to tear them to shreds. Indeed, Isaac has written a few posts defending fandoms against claims of occultism.
But what are we to do with all these questions? Giving up any fandom that strays into questionable territory is certainly an option. But that would include Disney. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” is a getting-in-the-mood song. Pixar has superhero vigilantes, magic, and evolution. And if you don’t want to see anything that could be taken as objectification of aesthetically pleasing physical features, you should probably avoid any movie ever. Seems a bit extreme to me.
The best solution is discernment, just as a Christian should work out their own faith rather than accepting whatever their family or church tells them. I often say (to myself) that if a child believes in both God and Santa Claus, many fandoms will jeopardize their faith. But if you do the sort of thinking Isaac, Arth, and I do (which you probably do if you’re reading this blog), I’d argue that you’re mature enough to enjoy these stories.
I’d call this a “state of the union” type post in response to Isaac’s. These questions just show that our blog is still relevant 10 months after it began. We’re almost a year in, folks!
Like Isaac said, what are your thoughts on this? Let’s Connect.