We all love stories. We may have our own preferences about the types of stories or how we engage with them. For some, they can think of no better way to spend a lazy afternoon than immersing themselves in a great fictional fantasy world. Others who prefer non-fiction are no less drawn to the plots, the characters, the values inherent in the narrative.
Some prefer books, others movies or television or even music. But, stories are a part of who we are. They also encompass worldviews, some more obvious than others. We should recognize this truth and be aware of just how powerful media can be in affecting our own view of the world. If one doubts that, just consider the crazy amount of money and work that go into advertising. If it didn’t get results, they wouldn’t do it.
Pictures, sound, words, music – it all can draw us in and take over our emotions and out thoughts. Not just what we think but even how we think. A single film can have a profound effect, although that is likely a rare occasion.
But, rest assured that a steady diet of a certain type of film, a particular movie genre, is more likely to influence our worldview. It may feed an interest we already have or may open up a doorway into a new passion. That can be good or bad. What is important is to acknowledge this and to manage our viewing habits accordingly.Movies don't just tell us ideas, they show them in the context of a story. A well-told story can connect with our hearts in ways that facts and precepts do not. Click To Tweet
Movies, Imagination and Reason
The following article offers some great insight and suggestions about watching movies, questions to ask to help discover a film’s worldview. It is written from a Christian perspective but has value for anyone interested in delving deeper into the film media and its messages.
“A good movie discussion will tease it out and help us think about how it lines up (or doesn’t) with a Christian worldview. What is the movie’s message? Is the message true? Movies are best enjoyed in families and community where we can ask 10 Key Worldview Questions (below) and more.
“Movies don’t just tell us ideas, they show them in the context of a story. A well-told story can connect with our hearts in ways that facts and precepts do not.
“C.S. Lewis has said that we have two ways of knowing: imagination and reason. By engaging our imaginations, stories/movies can torch our desires, making an end run around our reason. So we need to take a closer look at stories to see how they line up with our reason and belief. (If you look at Lewis’s life, it’s interesting to see how he stopped writing books on apologetics and started writing books working the same Biblical ideas into stories.)”
Catch the whole thing at Watching Movies from a Christian Worldview: 10 key questions to discuss.