7 comments on ““Believe Me”: The First of Its Kind

  1. One of the huge problems with the sacred/secular divide is that we, as Christians, have historically refused to appreciate the arts. We have surrendered the ground of the culture wars without so much as a skirmish. Now we want back in now that we are appalled at the low moral quality of the arts. Well, duh.
    We have been brainwashed to believe that unless a painting is of Jesus and the Last Supper then it’s secular and therefore unworthy of our attention and appreciation. Christian musicians are castigated when they attempt to “cross over” in that nasty ol’ secular world. “Better just stick with what you do best there sweetie.”
    Franky Shaeffer addressed this issue some 35 years ago in a lecture series he did with his father and mother (Franics and Edith Shaeffer). I was privileged to attend, “Art Forms in the Christian World View.”
    I haven’t seen “Believe Me” yet (but I think I will now). If you haven’t already seen it you might consider a viewing of “Leap of Faith” from 1992 with Steve Martin and Debra Winger. Also in the cast are Liam Neeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meatloaf. It’s worth the time.

    • You’re absolutely right, JK; and, to think, Christians used to be the predominant influence of culture many many years ago. You mentioned Frank Schaeffer; his father wrote an excellent book entitled “How Should We Then Live?” that charts both the retreat of Christian influence as well as the rise of secular philosophies/ideologies in art. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in that area. It’s very cool that you were able to see them speak, JK! Frances Schaeffer is certainly a mentor for me.

      Kudos on the Steve Martin “Leap of Faith” mention! I included a parallel to that movie in my original draft of this review (but took it out later for concision). The plot is similar, although “Believe Me” ends up becoming more of a church satire whereas “Leap of Faith” (if I remember) was more of a straightforward dramedy. I must say, for those that haven’t seen it, Steve Martin is really funny in that movie!

      Thanks for the comment, JK!

  2. Awesome review, Nate, I think you just put this near the top of my To-Watch list. Haven’t really paid much attention to it, but I’ll definitely be watching it now! Keep up the great work!

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