Instead of posting a song this Sunday, I would like to post a recent video from John Crowder where he responds to people who wanted his perspective on the movie The Shack. I include this because of our recent discussion on the book and movie. Crowder pretty much sums up in about 16 minutes what would’ve taken me a whole series of posts to unpack on this controversial subject!
You may not like Crowder’s comedic delivery style (understandable) but what he actually says here must be considered if we’re going to be honest about our assessment of The Shack. He briefly addresses most of the theological criticism against the book and movie. He also addresses some of our popular theology: the trinity, judgment, hell, wrath, and mercy. He particularly hammers the evangelical sacred cow of “Penal Substitutionary Atonement” which I’ve also been critical of (click of link above for list of articles).
His perspective is a bit polemic (no more than The Shack’s detractors though), so have some thick skin when you watch. 🙂
Anyway, I invite you to watch the video with an open mind and without fear or being reactionary (no, the video is not of him laying on the couch with a guy reading the book!). Think for yourself on these things. Let’s employ the art of “faithful questioning” to what we think Easter, or even Christianity itself, is all about.
Peace and Oceans of love,