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March 30, 2010

Re: 'God-Shaped Hole'

Topics: Faith, Human Interest, Political News and commentaries

A very dispiriting story, indeed, from Andrew Klavan - on his blog (via John J. Miller at NRO):

As they did in the beginning, Passover and Holy Week coincide this year, and yet not one major film being released for the season has anything whatsoever to do with religion. Nowhere is popular entertainment more bizarrely alienated from the lives of ordinary people than in the matter of God. Why should this be?

Let me answer with a personal story. When my Young Adult thriller novel, The Long Way Home, was submitted to my British publishers, they tried to delete many of the references to the hero's religious faith. My British editor feared that Waterstone's - the UK's biggest bookstore chain - would be reluctant to carry a book with an overtly Christian hero.

Now, I'm careful not to preach in these novels. I merely allow my narrator, Charlie West, to act and think as he would in life. For instance, in the book's opening, Charlie takes 200 dollars off an assassin who tried to kill him. "Yes, I know the Ten Commandments, " ‚¬Â Charlie tells us, "and yes, I know you're not supposed to steal. But this didn't feel like stealing." The Brits wanted to cut the reference to the Ten Commandments.

I refused to allow these changes. I felt they were bigoted and absurd. As a result, my British editor says, Waterstone's did indeed order far fewer copies of this book than they had ordered of its prequel, despite that earlier book's success.

Listen here to John Miller's podcast with Klavan on The Long Way Home.

Be sure to take the time out of your day to read Klavan's entire post, which speaks eloquently to that "God-shaped hole" in all of us wrought by liberal secular elitism and intellectual narcissism, and our own willingness to simply 'go along with the flow'. As Klavan notes in the closing paragraph of his post:

Shakespeare said the purpose of art is "to hold the mirror up to nature." But the purpose of most American art is to depict the world as a small coterie of elites believe it should be in the hopes we will be indoctrinated into going along. Religion stands opposed to that elitist worldview because it elevates the wisdom of faith and simple decency over intellectual narcissism and moral preening. Or to put it another way, faith is committed to reality. Thus God will return to our culture when artists find the independent spirit and courage to show life as it is. (emphasis added)
And just as artists must "find the independent spirit and courage to show life as it is," so must the rest of us while finding that same "independent spirit and courage" to 'live' life as it really is through our faith and simple decency and oppose that intellectual narcissism and moral preening of the liberal secular elitists that Klavan speaks of.

Which reminds me of a related topic. Thinking about what we're seeing today from our president and the other liberal progressive secularists in Congress and the media, Klavan's point and message is equally applicable in the political world as well. Like all liberal progressive cultural elitists, they have no place for God, common sense, and the will of the people, and insist on "transforming government to control "every aspect of our lives," expecting the rest of us to simply go along because these "intellectual narcissists" know more about "what's good for us." We either roll over and submit to their will, or we find that independent spirit and courage Klavan speaks of to resist the liberal progressives' attempts to erase faith from our culture and demand that they submit to the will of the people rather than, as they would have it, the other way around.

Related must-read: O Ye of Little Faith: The Secular American Media and Religion

Posted by Abdul at March 30, 2010 6:20 AM

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