Well, Jim is correct but he’s wrong — Theology in Pop Culture

In part, he writes —

It strikes me as more than odd that some ‘theologians’ are more interested in talking about the ‘subtle themes of redemption’ in films than in talking about scripture.

Pop Culture Isn’t the Source of Theological Truth | Zwinglius Redivivus.

First, without Scripture to compare it to, we wouldn’t know what theology pop culture is using.

But, I think he’s missing the broader point — there is theology in pop culture. There are many reasons for this, of course, but I’d like to think that this is because people want to feel a sense of ultimate security, that we are not just on a rock, in a simple solar system, spinning around in just one of many universes. Someone or something is out there and has a plan or care or concern for us — that we are on some sort of trajectory not of happenstance, but of sovereignty.

We see theology erupting in pop culture when religion in general is in the decline in society. We hear it in songs, read it in books, and watch it on our screens. Theologians notice this because they are themselves immersed in Scripture, living and breathing it to the extent they can see it readily.

Also, Jim’s correct about the genre of the blog. I don’t get why people don’t understand that.

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10 Replies to “Well, Jim is correct but he’s wrong — Theology in Pop Culture”

      1. Joel – Liar liar, your pants are on fire… and Gary, I don’t know you but if you think Jim is over 50 you must be in between nappies and teenies. 🙂

  1. What silly person would find subtleties of God’s truth in popular culture? That’s like someone comparing the Kingdom of Heaven to a treasure that’s hidden in a farmer’s field to explain it to farmers, or to compare the Kingdom of Heaven to a net, just to explain it to fishermen, or that it’s like a merchant looking for fine pearls… I mean what kind of a silly… oh, what’s that? What?
    That’s how Jesus did it?
    Oh, I guess I’m just a curmudgeon after all.

  2. Ultimately its all part of reception history, the relevance of which, some conservative Baptists maybe, might not exist.

  3. “Gary, I don’t know you but if you think Jim is over 50 you must be in between nappies and teenies”
    Actually, I am now so old, I fear I may be approaching “nappies” again. History, and our bodies, repeat. But at least I don’t scare kids off my lawn by shouting scriptures at them. I fear Jim might. 🙂

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