Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Why Christians Should Celebrate the Art of 'The Revenant'

By Andrew Klavan
Movie poster for The Revenant
HOLLYWOOD---Christian art at its height was the greatest art the world has ever seen. There is no painting greater than Michelangelo's; no music greater than Bach's; no poetry greater than Milton's. Now? Well, let's put it this way. In the early 19th century, the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said that Christianity had devolved into nothing more than "banal optimism." That's why those of us who love both God and art should celebrate a movie like "The Revenant," directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. It presents a harsh, honest view of human life, and yet one that strongly implies, rather than preaches, the presence of the Christian God. It is a vision rather than a sermon: which is what art is meant to be. [link]