I’m sometimes asked about how I can justify reading culture and/or scripture the way I do.
The way the question is phrased depends a lot on whether they value scripture or culture more highly.
Atheist/agnostic people take issue with the fact that I see incarnation, baptism, eucharist, crucifixion — all these really religious words — in their “secular” media. I’ve been told it’s inappropriate to have Christian understandings of secular art as it offends the non-Christian people who wrote, directed, or otherwise created the art.
Christians sometimes tell me that I don’t take scripture seriously enough, or don’t honor it enough, or that I desecrate it when I tie it to non-Christian narratives.
But I believe that God is bigger than the library we refer to as the Bible. God is even bigger than the spiritless trash we try to pretend is art and put the label “Christian” onto.
So I started working on the on-going Foundations series. Because the response to how I understand the connections between the sacred and the secular turned out to be more complicated than I thought. A lot of it has to do with the way we understand real world elements and their symbolic meaning. And a lot of it is still being articulated.
These posts give a deep dive behind how I do the rest of the work — the stuff on literature, film, and other arts. My hope is that it can help you learn to see culture the way I do — reflecting the divine.