15 thoughts on “10 Reasons This Christian Loves Aronofsky’s Noah

  1. Well put, Rebecca … I’ m recommending your review to parishioners. Thank you for your thorough, pastoral review.

  2. Thank you for a fair and balanced view of not only this film, but of film-making and the value of art. I personally don’t believe that most of Genesis was intended to be literal, so a non-literal interpretation of Noah doesn’t bother me so much, but even if I did, point #10 should trump any public umbrage that we would express towards the film. Someone looked at a Biblical story and saw overarching themes for all of humanity, not just Christians (we forget that this story is included in the Jewish and Muslim scriptures, too), and then did years of research to make sure it was portrayed in the spirit of tradition (inlcuding Jewish and non-Evangelical apocryphal materials) AND was compelling to the public. Why wouldn’t we choose to engage with that type of interest and respect? Why wouldn’t we respond in kind, if not in love? Thank you for engaging with relevant art, and responding to the heart of the artist and themes of the film, rather than judging it simply based on how literally it expresses your pre-formed worldview. This is the least infuriating thing I’ve read today 🙂

    1. Thank you, Emily. I am absolutely a literalist when it comes to Genesis. There are things that bug me in the film. The Watchers, chiefly. Some of the magical elements. And apparently I missed that the creation sequence was meant as evolution? Or at least Ken Ham says so. However, God is absolutely shown to be the One who makes all life. That’s the take-away. I don’t think God used evolution to make the world, but some theologians do. Answers in Genesis criticizes the absence of God in the film. Well, God is everywhere in the film. And His absence is not due to Deism, in my opinion. It is due to the separation that sin causes. You get the sense that life was not always so. This is a beautiful, important film with so much to offer. No film is perfect, but how can we fail to engage such a meaningful, important film that discusses the themes of creation-fall-redemption as its central points? Even if you hate the film, please be gracious in your response. We truly don’t have to make a culture war out of everything.

      1. I think the watchers were an interpretation from the section of the Book of Enoch about the Nephilim. I’d like to read it so that I can have reference to the source material Aronofsky uses, especially since the Biblical text is so vague on the issue of Nephilim and “giants in those days.”
        I read Ken Ham’s review, and I couldn’t help thinking that he was stretching for ways to capitalize on the publicity of his debacle with Bill Nye. I don’t agree with most of what Ken Ham says, in general, but recently I question whether he is creating stumbling blocks to the Gospel where there should be none. Stating that we can’t use the film to talk about themes relevant to the gospel and discipleship because he doesn’t agree with the way Noah’s character is portrayed is incredibly far fetched to me – since when is anyone in the Bible other than Jesus considered righteous because they are without fault (seriously, the Bible is a series of anti-heroes who God uses with their failings for His glory, not because they lack failings), and since when is the literal story of the flood more important to the Gospel than the themes of brokenness and redemption?
        I also agree with you about God’s absence. One of the things I love about the Reformed Tradition is the idea of common grace: because God is life, and is the sustainer of all things, and is the giver of all good things, and is the one who brings growth and hope, God’s grace can be seen wherever there is life, or sustenance, or goodness, or hope, even if it’s not specifically saving grace, which is found in the specific narrative of creation-fall-redemption, and ultimately found in the person of Jesus. We’ve all felt a lack of God’s presence at one time or another, and scripture explicitly talks in other places about His people corporately feeling his absence acutely for generations: in slavery in Egypt, in Persia, during the silence after the time of the prophets. God was not unfaithful or uninvolved in those times, but His presence was not felt by more than a few people. The idea that an absence God’s literal voice denotes a complete absence of God is 1) not true, and 2) a dangerous assertion when applied to a real world in which people experience depression, anxiety, or simply times of dryness. When we turn things into a culture war, we risk real collateral damage in the battle, and the people who get hurt are often the people who most need to hear grace and love in all areas of our lives, but especially in our public communications.

  3. Reason #11 to love this film. My roommate was one of the costume assistants! She worked on it for over 4 months! Giving good jobs to good people such a great thing! (I also spent a couple days distressing a few pieces for the movie:)

  4. Rebecca, you’ve made me excited to see the movie! Reading your review delighted me with your both your prose and your insights communicated with an understated passion entirely appropriate for the solemn themes of creation and redemption. From what you write, I’m ready to conclude that Aronofsky, whatever his religious status, has produced a sermon from the biblical text. As a preacher I’m much anticipating hearing it. Thank you!

  5. Thanks Rebecca! We went to the movie last night and i came home to read a completely contrasting review from yours, which was filled with so much sarcasm, it was difficult to wade through. It also made me feel “stupid”. I believe as Christians, we need to be careful what we bash, and what we promote. I also believe we should be intelligent and educated enough to sift and sort the critical elements from the creative elements or even the things that are completely made up. I feel you did that with your review–and very well I might add. If we keep to the “spine” issues–Sin, Redemption, a loving grace filled God and the struggle each man/woman has in relating to that God, these are what are critical to being a Christ follower. Unfortunately, many who have no knowledge of the Bible will take the movie as fact, but we can’t doubt that some may actually open a Bible to look too. The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways. Amen for that!

  6. Thanks Rebecca! I wasn’t planning on seeing it but now am convinced I will!! Great insights to watch for!

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