Avatar, The Force, and Hollywood Spirituality
I think that if you want a proper play on the sort of beliefs that cultures help shape, you go to something like, oh I don't know, Khrzanovsky's film, '4', or Spring, Summer, Autumn Winter and Spring. On the other hand, if you want to know what increasingly prescriptive liberal minds think is acceptable 'faith', you look at something like Star Wars, Avatar, or Dances with Wolves. Something narcissistic that gives people the strength to live with a fairly radical form of global debt slavery without getting in the way too much, especially in abortion rooms and sex clinics, that emphasises how paying mortgage bills and the charity and environment industry with taxes and extra labour and sensual sacrifice is great, that sort of thing.
So, I was intrigued and cheered, as ever, by Father Robert Barron's take on the Movie du jour. I've praised him before, and not often enough. He ends up recommending the film, but only as a visual spectacle; if I had the time or money at the minute for a toddle down to the picture house, I might just take him up on the endorsement....
Hat Tip; Mark Shea