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If you live where the seasons change, you’ve experienced the fade of summer to autumn. Cooler temps usher in brightly dressed trees, visits to the apple farm, runs through the corn maze, and, let’s not forget, pumpkin spice everything. All of it tells us that change is here—that something unseen is at work in the world, something we can’t see except for its impact around us. Fall reminds us there is a magic at work in the world, behind the scenes… and who knows if it’s good or evil? As the days grow shorter, the darker hue sets the stage for October’s prime holiday. Halloween and the spiritual realm become the focus for weeks, with horror movies flooding our TVs and theaters and creepy costumes and decor filling our stores.
How are Christians to engage in the season? The debates rage with plenty of reasons provided for participating or abstaining. Wherever you are currently camping, one thing is sure: Halloween is here and it primes the pump for Christians to engage in spiritual conversations. In this issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, the features and support articles provide cultural analysis to help you think through all things supernatural, from pirates to ghosts to horror films to psychological thrillers.
Mischa - Willett - Feature - Christological - Vision
First we hear from Mischa Willett, with his feature titled “The Christological Vision of Pirates of the Caribbean“:
What looks like an easy moral relativism in Curse of the Black Pearl (dir. Verbinkski 2003), with the bad guys actually the good guys, and the possibility that a character can be “a scallywag” and “a good man” at the same time, is made possible by the film’s upending of dominant value systems, built, I think quite intentionally, on a Christian model. A bridge too far? Perhaps. But imagine how incredulous a pitch this movie must...
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