Wednesday’s Weekday Quote

Posted: October 29, 2014 by Blaine Grimes in Uncategorized
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Keeping with our Halloween theme this week, here is a helpful quote from 41VBgdoj5LL.SY344_BO1,204,203,200.jpgGrant Horner on the relationship between horror films and the fear of God:

We want to have something to fear, and yet we want to maintain control over that fear, to limit that fear within prescribed boundaries, which we can never do in the case of the “fear of the Lord.” Fearing God cannot be bounded, yet we can trust his care and love for us, his promise that he will not harm us. The precise opposite is true in horror films: the evil entity wants to harm us—but we can control it because we know it isn’t real. Our problem is that in our grievously foolish and fallen nature we don’t think God is real either.

—Grant Horner, Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Viewer (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2010)

If you’re interested in reading more about the horror genre, I highly recommend E. Michael Jones’ Monsters from the Id: The Rise of Horror in Fiction and Film.


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