Are we embracing the values of the Middle East? Or vice versa... For those eager
to claim offense to interpretations of their beliefs, embrace your bedfellows in
Tehran and Qatar. There should be no middle ground with regard to freedom of
expression, whether it be a sincere Hollywood interpretation of a Biblical story
or a provocative cartoon in a newspaper.
Wait for the musical to boycott.
I like how the author says that the film should not be taken literally. As if
the biblical story of Noah should?
Duh. Hard to take the original story literally.
Can't wait to see this. Here are my expectations, to see an awesome movie.
The story in Genesis should also probably not be taken literally. A fascinating
article a few years ago by a BYU professor of zoology (Clayton White) and
another BYU administrator (Mark Thomas) discussed ten pieces of evidence from
science, any one of which pretty well shoots the worldwide flood story out of
the water, so to speak. For example, "The ark contained insufficient space
to house every bird species, let alone mammals, reptiles, insects, plants, and
other life forms." The article is not out to poke holes in anyone's
faith, but it does make you reconsider certain assumptions.
The source material is, what, 2 pages long? Kind of hard to make a movie
without exercising a little poetic license.
"Literalists"... hmmm... I like that label.I've heard
if you can buy Hollywood's story that global warming and humans caused the
flood... you will like the movie.I already know how it turns out...
I think I'll skip the Hollywood version.
@Ford DeTreese - The biblical story of Noah's flood is highly poetic.
"Every living thing of all flesh" is just as non-literal as Jaredites
taking "all manner of food" with them on the boat.We are
assuming that the whole earth was replenished from the animals on the ark. It
is much more likely that the ark contained a selection of the animals that Noah
chose to preserve. I can easily believe that after the flood, the Lord
repopulated non-human life on the earth. I would not be surprised if additional
species are being introduced even today.
I always laugh when I listen to the commercial for the movie on the radio.
Especially when you hear someone in the middle of the cacophony yelling
"Take the Aaaaaaaak"...Why do bible characters always have a
British accent in the movies? Even Jesus?I especially like the
disclaimer at the end of the commercial, "We believe this movie is true to
the spirit of the biblical account... blah blah blah... meaning it's just
another Hollywood action movie based loosely on a bible story.
I have my own thoughts on how this all happened (based on science as well as the
Bible record). And I don't think the Bible record is totally literal or
scientific. It was the viewpoint of the people who wrote it. But I can deal
with trying to wrap my head around how this would have appeared to the people
who wrote it (not being able to see the whole world at the same time, and not
necessarily understanding weather, science, and the universe to the same extent
we do today).But the important thing is the message (not the
mechanics).If the movie is true to the message (and doesn't try
to turn it into Global Warming meets religion)... I think it could be beneficial
to watch it. But as entertainment... not my cup of tea.
Thank you Ford DeTreese, I remember that article, and had friends who want so
badly to believe, that they are willing to suspend everything they've
learned in order to make this story "Literal" because they like the idea
of a vengeful God who would destroy the wicked and innocent alike.
To gmlewis: "I would not be surprised if additional species are being
introduced even today."Yes, that is exactly what evolution is
re: Esquire"Duh. Hard to take the original story
literally."Agreed. Unlike 300 which was loosely based on actual
historical events. Noah is based on a work of fiction.... like the DaVinci Code.
@Roland Kayser - I chose the word "introduced" to differentiate it from
a process of random selection. Natural selection surely occurs, leading to
variations within species.The Lord introduced groups of species all
through the long history of the earth, according to His plan. He planted the
plants and he nurtured the animals. It wasn't random.
Should ANYTHING coming out of Hollywood.. be taken literally?I
don't think so.===Should everything in the Bible be
taken literally? Not necessarily. The overall message is the important part,
not the nitty-gritty details of the literal interpretation of each word.I think there is intentionally a lot of indirection in the the way Jesus
taught (in parables). The concept/message is what's important... not the
words or the examples he chose to use.Also keep in mind that events
were recorded with the understanding people had of things at the time. It was a
long time ago, they didn't understand science the way we do now, but they
surely understood God and his dealings with them.Does it matter if
things did or didn't happened exactly as they were depicted in the
Hollywood version? Or if the people didn't have the words or understanding
to explain everything that happened to them in literal terms? I don't
Art is whatever an artist creates. An artist is anyone who calls himself an
@2bitsWhere were you when they were cashing in on "Passage to
Zarahemla", or "The Nephite who wore Tennis Shoes"?
gmlewisHouston, TX@Roland Kayser - I chose the word
"introduced" to differentiate it from a process of random selection.
Natural selection surely occurs, leading to variations within species.The Lord introduced groups of species all through the long history of the
earth, according to His plan. He planted the plants and he nurtured the animals.
It wasn't random.7:16 a.m. March 19, 2014=========
2 questions.1. How many dogs did Noah put on the Ark?How many "species" of dogs do we have today.A:
Evolution.2. Does God micro-manage the course of a river or
stream?No, He uses natural laws, many of which are random.As an engineer myself by profession, I set things up all the time - and based on my skills and knowledge, can reliabily predeict the out
come including randomness by using statistical analysis. God is the
ultimate Engineer, I admire and revere that level of fine tuned ability.