Can We – Should We – Separate the Creator from the Creation – SA218

Art is created by artists, and artists are people, and people are not perfect. So should art by certain artists be avoided? When? Why? Ben, Steve, and Evan examine this question.







2 responses to “Can We – Should We – Separate the Creator from the Creation – SA218”

  1. rhoetus Avatar

    I read Orson Scott Card’s books that started with Ender’s Game, until I learned that he was Mormon, and then I saw that worldview all over in there. Spirit communication with the god/queen/mother of an alien world, speaking for the dead, and other stuff I don’t remember as well. I had been thinking they were going downhill, and that just convinced me to not give it any more time.
    How about George RR Martin? I am current with the Ice and Fire books, but I wont go any further. He seems to revel in the grotesqueness of his world, rolling in it like a dog with a deer carcass. Having watched the Rome HBO series, and read the books, I knew there was no way I’d try the Throne show. … but a Hedge Knight comic book? I don’t know that I could even go there. (even knowing who adapted it*)
    Then there is a movie coming out, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, which stars Hive/Grant Ward/Brett Dalton. I am intrigued, and I like him as an actor, but when I watched a live-stream q&a session he said at one point, “I’m not a church person” and didn’t seem to think this was anything but a funny movie. …that’s a turn off, ya know?
    Or Andrew Garfield star of Silence learning about himself, but not, apparently, about God while preparing for and making the film.
    * but what about the reverse?
    If Ben Avery adapts a comic book, then I am more likely to want to read it. If I learn that a director or author is Christian, I’m going to go to the movie/book with a different mindset than if I don’t know, or if I know they aren’t.

  2. Jessi L. Roberts Avatar

    I purposefully avoid any sort of celebrity gossip stuff, and I also don’t try to learn the names of the actors in my favorite films. When it comes down to it, I just don’t want to know what the actors are doing, since it might decrease my enjoyment of the films. With authors, I don’t take this as far, but I also don’t try to find out what an author’s political views are. When I start finding things I don’t agree with in their books, such as a bunch of homosexual characters, then I might leave that author.
    However, I won’t leave an author because I find out they have different theological views than I do, be that Mormonism or atheism. I do enjoy Orson Scott Card and Brandon Sanderson. The snatches of faith Sanderson included in his stories felt very applicable to me, even though I’m not Mormon, and he handled the story in a non-preachy way, unlike many Christian or atheist writers. I’d rather read something by a Mormon than an atheist since I do share many values with Mormons, so those books tend to be less likely to throw something disgusting in my face.

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