Vatican condemns Hallowe'en as anti-Christian
First, I apologize for being so tardy in my reply. I have been (and still am) very busy; I haven't been on here for several days.

(10-31-2009, 03:35 PM)Fontevrault Wrote:
(10-30-2009, 07:50 PM)INPEFESS Wrote: Those are some interesting thoughts, Fontevrault. I am a horror movie connoisseur myself, so I am interested in what you have to say. Would you mind sharing your perspective and thoughts from a moral standpoint?

I'm not sure it's entirely a moral perspective; I find stories of perverted human beings dismembering others profoundly yucky and disturbing.  But, I think I can make the stretch to talk a little about the moral perspective . . . 

Keep in mind I'm speculating as I type; I certainly don't pretend to be an authority of any kind.  A lot of those movies have some basis in occult practices, demonology, or other such stuff.  To dabble in these things is certainly bad.  Now that's not to say a simple image on a TV screen is going to damage the individual but those images have a way of staying with a person and can prey on the mind.  Our culture is so saturated with imagery today that this argument seems silly.  And yet, if pornography is evil because it arouses lust and debases human sexuality, then these movies could be said to debase and pervert the human condition (we are sinful - but hopefully not that sinful) while simultaneously portraying Satan and his minions as more powerful than they really aught to be.  In that sense, it's the difference between Milton's Satan and Dante's.  Does this make any sense?  :-[

Ok. Yes, it makes sense. I understand your point. Due to fallen human nature, mankind is fascinated with and attracted to the macabre and the basest elements of humanity . It requires divine intervention to overcome this nature - a feat which can only be accomplished by a constant cooperation with grace. As a result, engaging in entertainment which appeals to our lower nature isn't a liberty that we should be particularly catering to because of its naturally inherent influence on the base fascinations of the mind. So I can see your point about nonsense gore...

But what do you think of movies involving the paranormal in general (no nonsense gore or Satan worship), movies like "Halloween" (where a girl is being stalked by a stranger with a mask - there is no nonsense gore or mention of religious themes) and "The Strangers", movies that fall somewhere in between ("White Noise"), or movies that focus on good religious themes (such as "The Exorcism of Emily Rose")? Do you think that a fascination with that which horrifies the psyche, scares the mind, or excites the amygdalae and sympathetic nervous system is spiritually detrimental? If so, I'd be interested in your perspective and opinion.

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Re: Vatican condemns Hallowe'en as anti-Christian - by INPEFESS - 11-02-2009, 04:36 PM

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