The Fear of God: The Wicker Man (1973)

12 Sep

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man, starring Christopher Lee.

3 Responses to “The Fear of God: The Wicker Man (1973)”

  1. Steve B. September 13, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

    I got to thinking around the time in this episode when Nathan was referencing Whale Rider and how one can have a respect of a long-standing non-Christian culture that you view as beautiful and worthy of existence. Can such a culture have a right to exist and continue even if it would be difficult or impossible for it to continue if its members also adopt Christian truth?

    This made my mind jump to Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which unlike The Wicker Man, was based on a time in real history when the ruling class on a much larger island (Japan) committed mortal violence on Christian missionaries because they feel that the religion is irreconcilable with their culture. The missionaries hear the argument with love, but since they believe God’s way is universal truth there’s no way it cannot be acceptable in Japan too. To me it is a narrow beam to balance, when you want to shout the truth so as to not allow anyone to perish in ignorance, but you also want to be tolerant and respectful of beautiful culture.

    You can live your faith loudly in the name of Christ and hope that will be enough of an influence (perhaps other religions will look just as attractive or better in the name of not-Christ…and their apples may even grow again). Maybe it’s better to live by example, and speak the reason for your actions in quiet on-on-one conversations, than to scream and shout like Howie, demean the culture of your audience, so that you come across as arrogant.

    Reed, I like your perspective near the end on how you approach conversations with those coming from an atheist or otherwise non-Christian perspective. Take opposing belief seriously and not dismissively – good advice!

    • Nathan Rouse September 15, 2017 at 9:21 am #

      Steve – GREAT thoughts. it is a narrow beam to balance, indeed. I loved Reed’s inclusion of the Acts story about the ‘unknown God’. Where, I believe, the struggle lies is not so much in “can this beautiful culture that isn’t what I understand traditionally as expressed Christian faith and tradition still exist” as much as “how can God speak through existing tenets of a culture that isn’t inherently built on Jesus?”

      Hopefully that makes some sense. I believe more often than not, we presume that anything that doesn’t look like Americanized democratic civilization is inherently ‘unChristian’, which is itself a pretty unChristian philosophy.

  2. Leonca September 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

    Very interesting to hear your opinions on this one. I actually decided to give it a pass when I first heard of it. Gore I can usually handle, but the thing that really bothers me is stories that make me angry. Whether real or fictional, I’m often not in the mood for stories about cults manipulating people. Probably a weird sensitivity, I know.

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