There is a somewhat long but worthwhile read about the new Avengers movie in this week’s volume of Crisis Magazine.
The evidence is clear. God is being systematically stripped from our culture. Oh, of course the omnipresent God is still actually here, but secular sightings of Him are gone which is causing, what Anthony Esolen says, “spiritual tumbleweeds in a dust bowl of oblivion.”
Slams against God, both subtle and overt, in today’s arts and entertainment culture, as well as the peeling away of any reference to or about God in what our students are expected to academically consume in all levels of education, are systematically destroying the once-easily perceived path towards God. Before Modernism, we understood that God was essential to our very breath, our very being. The last two centuries of thought and culture, however, have provided a fertile environment for the individual and the inclination that God is not necessary for, well, anything.
At any rate, do your soul a favor and go read the article at Crisis. If we are disciples of Christ and the adage – “we are what we consume” – is correct, we should be very particular about what we watch for fun and wary of most offerings coming out of the entertainment industry, especially when we ask ourselves: “Will this this movie/song/book/activity bring me closer or take me away from God?”