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Dominated Thoughts - Worldview in Action

Our Christianity is not abstract theology that is taught and believed on the Lord's Day. It is a "thought process" and it is to be lived. It is active. It is to be "worked on" and "worked out". It is a "worldview" that is not something that is just suppose to work in the "academic" world but it is "the" worldview of all worldviews. It is the only thing that makes sense out of academics (whether that be in the arts, sciences, education or what have you) and everything else that goes on in this world. In fact, nothing makes sense in this world without this worldview. It is the only hope for man AND his culture. It not only is the real story of fallen men's salvation but it is reality itself (see Doug Jone's The Why and What of Christianity).

 

As Christians we are instructed to "bring all thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ". That means, among other things, that not only must we "think" God's thoughts after Him (think Christian-ly) but, also, we must put those thoughts in "action", as I said above. It means that we just don't talk about it we are to live it - so that it affects the culture and society that we live in. It hasn't been easy in the past and it won't be easy in the future. Yet we know who wins. The task ahead is to train ourselves and our covenant youth to "capture" or perhaps "recapture" the culture for Christ. That means beginning from the bottom up. Andrew Sandlin's website Center for Cultural Leadership is a good place to start to get encouragement as well as the challenge to put this in practice.

 

As Andrew says the place to begin is not at the top - like in Washington, but to begin at the "grassroots" level. It begins in the home and the culture that we live in. It begins with us. Our aim ought to be to leave nothing untouched in our culture. After all that is part of the cultural mandate of "dominion". We must take over (not by revolution but by Christian revitalization and reform) all phases of that culture. One step at a time. That includes medicine, politics and all the other sciences, the arts, media, et al. Nothing is to be left out. Yes, even including that dreaded media outlet called the "boob tube" - we must not just "curse the darkness" but reveal the "light" in a positive way as well. After all do we believe that Christ would only have us to have dominion over a few things? Are there only a few things (that we subjectively choose) worth redeeming? We need media (whether it be television, movies, art or what have you) programs that not only reveal that the world is living in darkness but also they must reveal that way only leads to futility and death. Christ gives "true meaning" to meaning, even in the arts and media. It is time that our words "mean" something. Word and deed.

 

Articles on the Arts and Media

"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." - CS Lewis

 

Brian Godawa Interview - Brian is a Christian who happens to be a screenwriter in Hollywood. This interview first apperared in Relevant magazine that I feel is very relevant (no pun intended) for capturing the "screen" and "culture" for Christ. Used here with permission.

 

What to Look For When Watching Movies - a supplement article to one of Brian's chapters in his book, Hollywood Worldviews. We must know how to "watch" movies with discernment. Very helpful! Used here with permission.

 

The Problem With Christian Films (offsite) - A good article by Andrew Barber on the poor showing of Christrian films and how they ougth to be a lot better. After all we have the Creator who said: "it is good". But obviuosly He was not talking about Christian films. "There are currently two primary problems with Christian films: (1) they are either inherently dishonest and/or (2) they are primarily concerned with what C. S. Lewis called “egoistic castle-building.” Note: discussing both issues will require me to generalize about Christian films at large, so there will be (I hope) some exceptions. But I believe the trends discussed here are self-evidently true for a great majority of the Christian film genre."

 

The Bible, Art and Christian Culture - A good article by Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher that appeared in Contra Mundummagazine: "Is there some sort of Christian art, which Christianity recognizes, and a non-Christian art, which it rejects? Does the Bible, the Old Testament or the New, the holy writings of the Christian religion, welcome art or reject it? Yes and No!" The article is used here with permission from the author.

 

Prince Caspian - I know, I know, you are asking why a children's story/film included here? Well if you have not read one or two of "The Chronicles of Narnia" books by C. S. Lewis then you never were a "kid" in the first place <grin>. Come on get a life! Hey, if you have seen the movie - READ the book - read the entire 7 volume series. If you feel embarrassed about reading a children's book then read it to your children OR your grandchildren. You'll never regret it.

 

Into the Wardrobe: a CS Lewis Web Site - We found this site several "moons" ago. As Lewis's step-son, Douglas Gresham, says: "For those who have no idea about C. S. Lewis and his work, and are just looking for a fun site, there is plenty to investigate and enjoy right here, and what you find here may well lead you into years of enjoyable reading as you discover the existence of one of the finest writers of this century, and find out about his books." Enter into the realm of Lewis.

Links on the Sciences

Answers in Genesis - Answers in Genesis is an apologetics (i.e., Christianity-defending) ministry, dedicated to enabling Christians to defend their faith, and to proclaim thegospel of Jesus Christ effectively. They focus particularly on providing answers to questions surrounding the book of Genesis, as it is the most-attacked book of the Bible.

 

Biblical Medical Ethics, Inc. - This website is established to promote medical ethics that are soundly rooted in Biblical truth. The centerpiece of this website is the Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine, founded in 1987 (and published through 1994) by three physicians who believed (and still do) that no other publication on medical ethical issues is Biblically sound and congruent. They establish this website so that all students, physicians, pastors, health professionals, and concerned Christians may freely read and research these labors of a variety of scholars who have advanced and enriched the modern medical ethical debate.

 

Center for Science and Culture - This is a wide-based organization that Started in 1996, the Center for Science and Culture is a Discovery Institute program which supports research by scientists and other scholars challenging various aspects of neo-Darwinian theory. Disclaimer: This is "not" a Christian-based organization (though there are Christians that work with them) nor is it implicitly or explicitly Christian - except that all that is true is borrowed from the Christian worldview, whether they will admit that or not is not a concern. It is part of the Intelligent Design movement.

 

Creation Research - They make the claim: Only by showing the scientific bankruptcy of evolution, while exalting Christ and the Bible, will Christians be successful in "the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (II Corinthians 10:4,5).


Science and Revelation - An article by Greg Bahnsen: "the scientific community today persists in playing the prodigal by assuming an antagonistic stance against the Christianity of divine revelation. Hypnotized by Darwin's evolutionary scheme and enchanted with the products of scientific technology, modern man has granted science a secularized godship and bows before it in fetish idolatry."

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