Some Art Warrants A Generous Audience And Some Does Not

“In the first few years I wrote for FilmFisher, I believed a position of lenience and generosity toward a work of art was necessary to truly understand it. However, while I was writing generous film reviews, I was also teaching Dante and Jane Austen, and eventually I came to the rather obvious conclusion that it was unreasonable to grant the same hearing to Transformers 3 that I offered to The Divine Comedy. Some art warrants a generous audience and some art does not. A book which has survived a seven-century long vetting process and boasts universal acclaim cannot be evaluated on the same terms as a blockbuster film wherein a lingerie model doubles as an actress and alien robots destroy a major US city.”

-from tonight’s lecture, “How Should Christians Watch Movies?”

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Published by Joshua Gibbs

Sophist. De-activist. Avid indoorsman.

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