In recent months, we’ve seen religious films return to the box office with hits like “Son of God” and “Noah,” which is due out later this month. But is bringing Jesus into pop culture good for religion? One writer at Relevant Magazine doesn’t think so, saying including Christ in pop culture creates problems.
“The problem is that in the context of American evangelicalism, where religious images are often absent, pop-culture representations of the faith can become the formative symbols and images that a faith community encounters,” Billy Kangas wrote. “People begin to actually see Jesus primarily through the lens of materialism and pop culture, both of which by their very nature are constantly in flux. As a result, evangelical faith becomes faddish, salvation is a style and praise is a phase.”