Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The New York Times tells us about another Hollywood outreach to evangelical wallets (HT). This time it's the movie Evan Almighty, apparently the sequel to the irreverent if not blasphemous Bruce Almighty, in which Jim Carrey trades places with God and promptly makes a mess of things.
So it appears that Evan Almighty doesn't contain any humans acting as God, which is probably good, but I think it's safe to say that making a comedy out of a biblical story is something less than prudent. But then we're talking about Hollywood, and if they can keep from sensationalizing the Noah-getting-drunk episode, we might as well be grateful.
One might expect a little more discernment from Christianity Today, but if one were to do that one would be disappointed. The latest issue, which I saw last week, is wrapped in a faux cover that serves as a full two-page advertisement for Evan Almighty. It's one of the more appalling things I've seen in a while.
John Carney summarizes the story of this sellout on his blog. I've been searching for an online image of the magazine cover ad, but apparently no one has scanned it yet. If you really want to get a taste, this page of "ArkAlmighty" downloads might give you a very small sense of what we're talking about, but you really should browse your local bookstore to get the full effect.
Posted by Ben at 5/30/2007