In the face of it, this is a curious turn of events. Whatever you want to say about Christianity as a system of thought or a force in history, you’ll have to admit that it has a pretty impressive record as a source of inspiration for artists and writers. But when we use the buzzword ‘Christian’ in contemporary American society, we’re talking about a distinctively modern cultural and demographic phenomenon that has almost no connection to the spiritual and intellectual tradition that fueled Dante and Milton and Leonardo and Bach.
— “Why Are Christian Movies So Awful?” [via Salon]
Something J and I asked ourselves after the latest, awful-est Chronicles of Narnia film. I haven’t seen most of the stuff O’Hehir mentions, but then, I also wouldn’t classify myself as an Evangelical Christian, the subject of his column.