Peter Boumgarden teaches management at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He writes frequently about theology and culture.
Sex is complicated. So is Christian reflection on it.
by Peter Boumgarden October 2, 2016
Last month, I spent some time at the Sundance Film Festival. In a recent post, I noted the difference between marketing films to Christians and the possibility of film as a transformative space in the life of a Christian. Instead of imagining Christians as a set audience whose worldview we don’t want to disturb, I wonder if we could use Christianity’s specific theological language to enliven our understanding of film. Could Christianity’s theological lens illuminate elements of film that other cultural perspectives miss? Perhaps the best example of this possibility that I saw at Sundance came from watching the Justin Kelly film I am Michael.
At the end of Marilynne Robinson’s latest novel Lila, the title character envisions heaven in an intensely communal way. In light of that communal vision, Century associate editor Amy Frykholm gathered together three avid Robinson readers—Rachel Stone, Peter Boumgarden, and Amber Noel—for a conversation about the novel.
To those who fear that Christian cultural engagement is in a state of intellectual poverty, Marilynne Robinson's work offers reason to hope.
reviewed by Peter Boumgarden May 28, 2012