Hollywood vs. Religion (SINGLE AUDIO TAPE)



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Spend an evening with Michael Medved considering the assertion that the entertainment industry and religion necessarily and inevitably work at cross-proposes. Recorded at Seattle Pacific University on May 5, 2003, Michael turns the spotlight on television, films, and the Hollywood culture. He gives his perspective on why and how the entertainment industry has changed over the past 50 years. In recent years, people of faith have felt assaulted and insulted by the entertainment industry. For the most part, movies and TV shows ignore the religious community, but if they do portray believers at all (especially Christian believers) these people are regularly portrayed as crazy, or corrupt, or both. Recently, a few films give evidence that Hollywood has begun an effort to reconnect with the traditionalist, church-going audience, with religious references in "Signs," "We Were Soldiers," even "X2" and "The Matrix Reloaded" not to mention Mel Gibson?s upcoming movie about the last hours of Jesus, "The Passion." Do these projects represent a profound change in the outlook of the entertainment elite or just a temporary aberration?

In this provocative lecture from Seattle Pacific University, Michael Medved argues that the real problem with the entertainment industry?s portrayal of faith involves not the message, but the medium. In recent years, TV and movies have changed from media of recreation to media of saturation, pushing the public toward pessimism, impatience, and superficiality. In this way, the impact of entertainment directly contradicts the underlying messages of the Judeo-Christian tradition which emphasizes optimism, a long term outlook, and soul over surface. Medved explains these three aspects of the irrepressible conflict between Hollywood and religion. Plus, he provides some hopeful insight into cultural trends and reveals exciting news about a future series of movies based on Christian literature. In the question and answer session following his presentation, Michael tackles a broad range of issues including politics, the Democratic party, talk radio, the economy and more.