Monday, October 4, 2010

James Cameron, Butler University Professor and LOST

Hollywood and Religion

With all the religion-bashing going on the news lately, it seems Hollywood takes it from both sides.

Cameron's documentary, "The Tomb of Jesus Christ" which basically tried to debunk the resurrection of Jesus Christ by claiming that Jesus' remains were found, did nothing to sway Christian beliefs regarding Jesus' resurrection.

Seems the director of the blue smurf-murdering movie, Avatar, keeps finding his popularity waning.

Cameron's cartoon version of Dances with Wolves resulted in his ex-wife receiving an Academy Award over him, for The Hurt Locker.

Instead of trying to mess with Christians' beliefs, perhaps Cameron should stick to disaster movies.

Meanwhile, the megahit television show, LOST, finds its audience discussing the relationship between religion and science. The creators of Lost have cleverly found a way to incorporate these controversial subjects into one powerhouse drama.

Butler University Associate Professor of Religion James McGrath discusses the religious undertones of LOST by saying that religion has always been present on LOST.

He points out the examples:

John Locke explains to Walt that backgammon is a game older than Jesus Christ is and has two sides playing each other – one light and one dark. (God and the Devil)

The Dharma Initiative - dharma is the Indian religious term meaning “one's righteous duty”. There are hieroglyphics on the temple and Egyptian religious symbols on the statue.

Two lead characters, Dr. Jack Shepard and John Locke represent a man of science, and a man of faith. Jacob and the Man in Black represent the battle between God and the devil


The most fascinating aspect of these ideas on LOST, is that viewers are left wondering each week, which side is 'dark' and which is 'light'. This is all part of the mysteries surrounding LOST and part of what keeps fans coming back for more.

Instead of trashing religion and everything Christians believe in, maybe the hotshots in Hollywood could take a lesson from the producers of LOST, and show both sides leaving room for people to draw their own conclusions.

Cameron's methods of cramming his agenda down the audience's throat did not go over well with the people who dole out the Oscars. Neither did trashing Glenn Beck because of his review of The Tomb of Jesus Christ.

Glenn Beck, as all Christians did, took offense to Cameron's documentary. Cameron decided to take it a step further by saying,

"He's dangerous because his ideas are poisonous."

Announcing that Christian ideas are 'poisonous' will not get him accolades from fans. Nor will it get him another Academy Award.

I do not know about anyone else, but I would rather take the word of a Professor of Religion, than from a Hollywood director.

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