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Drowning in Distortion — Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

Noah2014PosterMy first experience teaching the Bible came when I was asked at the last minute to teach a Sunday School class of first-grade boys. I was only 16 years old, and I did not exactly volunteer to teach the class. I found myself telling a familiar Bible story to six-year olds and explaining it as best I could. There have been very few Sundays since when I have not taught or preached, usually to a congregation a bit less fidgety than my first.

You learn one thing fast when teaching the Bible to six-year-old boys — they often think they can “improve” on the story as found in the Bible. First-grade boys are big on special effects, blowing away bad guys, exploding just about anything, and what we might gently call “narrative overkill.”

That helps me to understand director Darren Aronofsky and his new film, Noah. Aronofsky and his co-writer Ari Handel started with the Old Testament narrative about Noah, just about 2,400 words in English translation, and exploded it into a huge Hollywood production.
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Hey, ‘Noah’ supporters, enough with the guilt trip already

By  / Todd’s American Dispatch / Published March 28, 2014 / FoxNews.com

Hollywood director Darren Aronofsky promised to create the least biblical, biblical movie ever made. And based on the early reviews of his film — Mr. Aronofsky made good on his promise.

He left the word “God” completely out of his movie and turned Noah into a crazed environmentalist with anger management issues who wants to slaughter his family.

I also had some issues with the rock creatures portrayed in the film. Forefathers of “The Thing,” perhaps?

My beef is not with the director of “Noah.” He’s an atheist — he doesn’t know better.

My beef is with Christian leaders trying to guilt trip us into going to see the film. It’s as if we have some sort of moral obligation to throw our good money at a movie that makes a mockery of the Bible.

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