I’m going to be honest with you all. I started this blogathon for one really dumb reason; I liked the name of it. I felt clever for once and was like “that sounds like it would be a cool blogathon” and then I felt almost instantly in over my head. I tried this blogathon thing once before, and it was kind of an embarrassing failure, but try and try and try again, right? So, without thinking too much about it I put it all out there.
Come, be my follower!
All that hesitation and skepticism and trepidation aside, the more I thought about what this blogathon could bring to the surface the more I was really, really glad I just went for it. Faith, religion, God…these are all so personal and present us all with so many conflicting and passionate feelings. You want to know a surefire way to make someone angry, and I mean ‘throw a tantrum, call you a heathen, wish death upon your entire family’ kind of mad? Debate their religious beliefs with them. I’ve always found this aspect of human nature alarming in a few ways. First, why are we so savage when it comes to ideas about a God who is supposed to be so kind and loving? I mean, do we really think that God is smiling down at us while we are seething with anger and berating someone for their personal beliefs in him? I’ve never understood how someone can be so tactless and so vile when speaking about a symbol of love. I wasn’t brought up that way. It doesn’t mean I agree with you, but I’m not going to cast down fire from the heavens to swallow you up either. The other reason I find this alarming is because I feel like this passion alone makes the subject so valid. I mean, we don’t get fired up about things that don’t matter.
I’ve often said this to my wife, when we have one of those stupid arguments that ends with us wanted to scream “I hate you, I want a divorce”; you can’t have love without hate. You can’t really love something if it doesn’t affect you so deeply to the point where you absolutely HATE it from time to time. In line with that, I guess that real passion, real love for something as complex as God can give us those same explosive feelings.
It really only makes sense then that film would discuss God in so many different ways. Film is essentially a medium for passion, and what isn’t more passion driven than faith? So I put it to my fellow bloggers to find a film or a specific avenue of depicted faith that moved them the most and that made them want to keep watching. I results were as varied as they were interesting.
But before we get to them, I guess I should answer my own question.