more on film and fatalism (and an interesting thought from historical research... )
I seem to remember that when I was studying Old Testament Apocalyptic literature at Theological College I came across a theory of the origin of these books that suggested that when there is large scale 'social stress' and fear of the future like that which the current wave of war and terrorism has engendered, people often try to re-imagine the future. In relation to the Bible it was suggested that exile and oppressive occupation created the social and pschological context for apocalyptic prophecy to grow and that the strong emphasis on judgement for the wicked oppressors and freedom for the downtrodden was directly connected to the difficult circumstances that the prophets faced. Maybe this is what's behind all this fatalism and future stuff that we see in the movies right now.
I saw 'Meet the Robinsons' a few days ago - a family cartoon (not the kind of film I usually frequent these days) and there it was again; the future being changed so that what we feared most - a future ruled by heartless monsters-did'nt happen- and this is a kids film for goodness sake! Then I watched 'Heroes' (the new NBC hit on American TV) and the same theme was on every frame! I'm telling you there's something in the air!
What I'm thinking is this; we need to offer the Biblical view of the future (a view that was shaped by God in similar circumstances to those that many face today), which reveals that God will right every wrong and heal every hurt and teach that as Jesus works in our lives these future certainties begin to have an effect now. Just a thought.......Mike