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Choice News THURSDAY, JAN 9, 2014  |  18 comments  |  1 commentary
Evangelicals and Hollywood Muck
I never subscribed to the fundamentalist vision that saw holiness in terms of cultural retreat or worldliness as anything that smacked of cultural engagement. I don’t subscribe to that position today.

But sometimes I wonder if evangelicals have swung the pendulum too far to the other side, to the point where all sorts of entertainment choices are validated in the name of cultural engagement.

Generally speaking, I enjoy the movie reviews I read in Christianity Today and World magazine. They go beyond counting cuss words or flagging objectionable content and offer substantive analysis of a movie’s overall message. But in recent years, I’ve begun to wonder if we’re more open than we should be to whatever Hollywood puts out. ...


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News Item1/27/14 11:27 AM
pennny  Find all comments by pennny
I do not know who owns Hollywood, although I've heard it said there are few who own Hollywood and news media.

so I typed in the phrase, "who owns Hollywood" and ended up on a Wikipedia about the history of Hollywood (not necessarily current) -- which led me to what looks like an interesting collection of movies on jewish film dot org, to a movie that I think was originally played on television called, "hollywoodism: Jews, movies and the America dream".

I don't think the evangelical has really ever had a voice in this industry.

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News Item1/26/14 9:21 PM
Joel | Georgia  Find all comments by Joel
Lack of discernment among Christians today is epidemic. As long as people will pay for trash, Hollywood will keep selling it.
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News Item1/21/14 3:27 PM
Gycell  Find all comments by Gycell
"As a teenager, I discovered the work of Chuck Colson, Francis Schaeffer, and C. S. Lewis. These men had a different perspective on art and its merits"

I remember reading that the old churches were set against the theatre and its produce. They saw them as a bad influence on the minds of the congregations so encouraged them to make better use of their minds and their time.

Today we are surrounded by theatre Hollywood and celebrity status as demi-gods.

Where adults and children today are constantly bombarded with fiction, petty moralising, violence and anti-Christian values with the actors becoming overpaid heroes and celebrity role models.

The old churches were right about the better use of the congregations minds - but they would be horrified to see the cultural morass which poisons the mind which is available in such myriad proportion today.

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News Item1/15/14 5:13 AM
Robbie | UK  Find all comments by Robbie
What did Paul write ? " When I was a child , I spake as a child, I understood as a child , I thought as a child : but when I became a man, I put away childish things."
1st Cor.13:11

I can understand children being engrossed in the movies but I dont get the adult christian addiction at all, when the glorious Gospel of Christ should be our first priority. " Now only Christ can satisfy , no other name for me ."

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News Item1/14/14 11:10 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
An article that has sonething to do with the thread. More behind the scenes than in front of them, Walt Disney was anti-Semitic, says Meryl Streep.
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News Item1/13/14 4:44 PM
Isosceles  Find all comments by Isosceles
So sad wrote:
Is that better Mr.self proclaimed moderator of the board?
On most boards there is transparency and therefore honesty about who the moderators are.

On this board, moderators are free to masquerade as just another poster.

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News Item1/13/14 4:18 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Perhaps Hollywood events also need to e comnented on? Golden Globes: Boozy charm or hotbed of controversy?[URL ]
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News Item1/10/14 10:59 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
So sad wrote:
Since you need "specific clarification" go into any local congregation in my hometown...which I have personally experienced etc.
Is that better Mr.self proclaimed moderator of the board?
No need for the sarcasm. You have the right to post what you will, and the expectation that it might get a response you don't like. That's how it works. Happens to me, too.
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News Item1/10/14 10:36 AM
So sad  Find all comments by So sad
Mike wrote:
It's not about your needs. Here's your statement of fact:
"America and the professing Christians are entertained to death.
Go into any local congregation and most talk about movies..duck dynasty...sports..ad nauseum.
Start to talk about the Lord and it gets real quite..:-("
If you have not experienced this "fact," it is not a fact you are stating, but opinion/hearsay. If you have experienced it, it still doesn't qualify you to apply it to "any local congregation." Doing so does rightly fit the description of "sanctimonious"
Since you need "specific clarification" go into any local congregation in my hometown...which I have personally experienced etc.
Is that better Mr.self proclaimed moderator of the board?
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News Item1/10/14 10:22 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
So sad wrote:
I was stating a fact...did not need your sanctimonious response!
It's not about your needs. Here's your statement of fact:

"America and the professing Christians are entertained to death.
Go into any local congregation and most talk about movies..duck dynasty...sports..ad nauseum.
Start to talk about the Lord and it gets real quite..:-("

If you have not experienced this "fact," it is not a fact you are stating, but opinion/hearsay. If you have experienced it, it still doesn't qualify you to apply it to "any local congregation." Doing so does rightly fit the description of "sanctimonious"

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News Item1/10/14 10:01 AM
So sad  Find all comments by So sad
Mike wrote:
If that's your personal experience, do something about it.
I was stating a fact...did not need your sanctimonious response!
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News Item1/10/14 9:14 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
So sad wrote:
America and the professing Christians are entertained to death.
Go into any local congregation and most talk about movies..duck dynasty...sports..ad nauseum.
Start to talk about the Lord and it gets real quite..:-(
If that's your personal experience, do something about it.
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News Item1/10/14 7:05 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Agree with all the posts and think entertainment has become a drug. I have seen many go stir crazy pretty quick when just the electric goes out; not knowing what in the world to do with themselves.
Then there is todays church service. You have a nation filled with entertainment addicts who can't sit through any church service that simply sings, praises, worships, prays, and then presents the morning lesson. Their addiction needs to be fed with fireworks, dancing, the drone of bass guitars and drums, and displays of the gifts of the spirit to get them hyped up in order to keep the adrenaline flowing long enough for the preacher to finish. Afterwards, as the adrenaline levels out and the excitement of the show fades, you have something similar to a sugar crash.
Personally, I don't like the crowds or feeling like I have to participate in the jumping and isle running, etc. I like a good old fire and brimstone, tell it like it is lesson that lasts a minimum of an hour. Many will put on an hour show and then preach for exactly 37 minutes as if they are on the clock and have other appts
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News Item1/9/14 8:58 PM
Strat  Find all comments by Strat
So sad wrote:
America and the professing Christians are entertained to death.
Go into any local congregation and most talk about movies..duck dynasty...sports..ad nauseum.
Start to talk about the Lord and it gets real quite..:-(
Well when you have pastors dreaming up ways to attract more people with entertainment that is what you get,a congregation who thinks that is all they are there for.
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News Item1/9/14 7:27 PM
So sad  Find all comments by So sad
America and the professing Christians are entertained to death.
Go into any local congregation and most talk about movies..duck dynasty...sports..ad nauseum.
Start to talk about the Lord and it gets real quite..:-(
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News Item1/9/14 6:32 PM
Chris Frost | Indiana  Find all comments by Chris Frost
I think there is too much emphasis on being entertained. Just my opinion, but what's so horrible about turning off the television, and actually living the lives God has seen fit to give us? In the end, we will be accountable to our great Creator for how we spent the time He gave us.
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News Item1/9/14 6:14 PM
Strat  Find all comments by Strat
Whatever is available will be used and excused like everything else.
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News Item1/9/14 3:49 PM
1517  Find all comments by 1517
This was a good article. It is a struggle to determine whether a movie or any entertainment is appropriate or has any redeeming qualities. I particularly like the assessment of the author that if the book of Genesis were made into a movie it would be rated R or not for young viewers. Francis Schaeffer's books have helped me on my view of art and how God is the great Creator and artist. I believe movies, even rated R movies can help in articulating biblical points to the culture. To be sure, sex and gratuitous cussing is to be shunned. Likewise, NOTHING REPLACES THE POWER of the scripture in engaging the culture. Liked the article, makes me think, which is good.
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