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Posted by Sumair Mirza in Reflections

At One With Each Other: Hollywood and Pantheism

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. – Romans 1:24-25

A brother sent me this New York Times Op-Ed (opinion editorial) article that highlights Hollywood’s “enlightenment” as it continues to present spirituality in all (Pantheism). By definition, Pantheism is a composite of two Greek words ‘Pan’ (All) and ‘Theos’ (God) which presents the view that all is God and God is in all. In essence, Pantheism promotes worship, or in the least admiration, of all that life is – inclusive of nature, the universe, the laws that govern the galaxies, etc. It is interesting to note that Pantheism serves to bring humanity into closer a relationship with the spiritual by creating a newfound importance in what we see and experience each and every day. However, at the same time Pantheism removes the personal characteristics of a Higher Being and thus humanity cannot truly experience anything relational. For example, love requires a subject and object and removing a personal God removes the subject who can love. This results because there is nothing (no personal entity) to love since everything is merely an impersonal force, energy, and/or spirit (shades of Hinduism).

This fascination with “spiritualizing” created things is nothing new (Romans 1:24-25) and is once again brought to the forefront with the latest blockbuster “Avatar”. These seeds of Pantheism are a nuance of recent script writing that I have noticed over the past decade. It is important that we appreciate this development as it serves as a reflection of society’s recent captivation with the New Age (really Old Age Mysticism).

The Op-Ed piece is quite well written as it doesn’t just state the obvious philosophical traits of recent movie scripts related to Pantheism but uncovers the nuances, implications, and motivations behind the allure of it.

Click here to read the article.

Click here to read a movie review on Avatar from a Christian perspective.