Moreover, Schaeffer writes, "Whenever Christians, and evangelicals in particular, have attempted to 'reach the world' through the media, TV, film, publishing and so on, the thinking public gets the firm idea that, like soup in a bad restaurant, Christians' brains are best left unstirred."
I like that Franky doesn't just bash Christians' lack of quality in the arts, but really draws a line in the sand about quality in general. A few gems stuck with me, like his take on non-believers being called TO something. What is it? Is it sheep to call other sheep, or is it enjoyment in the life and creativity we are given? He sometimes goes a bit extreme with how much he downplays the importance of preaching and the church, but I like the concept of work and creativity being just as valid as missions and ministry.
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Would you listen to Addicted to Mediocrity again? Why?
Frank Schaeffer is the son of Francis Schaeffer ("The God Who Is There", "How Shall We Then Live").While eloquently identifying the mediocrity of American evangelical Christianity in the realm of the arts, the Q&A section betrays a bellicose pomposity and self-aggrandizement that could have been omitted.I would consider Part 1 worth the price of admission and should be a worthwhile starting point for those who (like me) have been extremely troubled by the crass, artless and polarizing culture of American Evangelical Christianity.
What other book might you compare Addicted to Mediocrity to and why?
Schaeffer has made his point far better in other works like "Crazy for God" and "Patience With God".
Which character – as performed by Nick Bernard – was your favorite?
Bernard happens to favor Schaeffer vocally.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Part 1, early in the volume . . . I have had many of the same thoughts and felt quite alone and without ability to express them. The mediocre pablum that is Christian music is enough to fill a heart with despair.
Any additional comments?
Buy the book, skip Part II (Q&A).
Although the author makes some good arguments about Christianity, the arts, and how Christians have lost its influence in this realm, this book does a mediocre job, at best, in inspiring or motivating. On the other hand, what it does well is present a cynical and somewhat holier-than-thou criticism against the evangelical movement in America. The author loses the most credibility in his Q&A section of the book. First, when replying to a question about what the author thought was exemplary of good movie directors, he mentions movie producers like Kubrick, Coppola, and Woody Allen? C'mon, they do have good stuff, but what does this have to do with mediocre Christian arts? Lastly, I just about had it when he talked about how he raises his children in beauty by playing music, reading books to them, going to museums...oh and also bringing them along to picket abortion clinics?! The topic is compelling, I just wish the author make a better case and keep the politics out of the arts.
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