Sunday, July 24, 2005


This was going to be a simple review of the movie Constantine, not a nightmare of Proustian duration. But I decided against it and wanted to focus on Hollywood's obsession with the Zoroastrian religion.

Simply put Zoroastrianism was and still is a religion based in Persia about 600BC. Considered a monotheistic faith it puts great stock in the concept of dualities.

They posit that since anything evil cannot come from God that it is from something else and that something is given, in the ancient Zoroastrian forms, an entity of equal stature to God. I say ancient forms because the more modern Zoroastrian writings do not consider the two to be balanced.

Recent movies about hell and Satan and all that, and this list is hardly exhaustive: Devil's Advocate, The End of Days, Spawn, Constantine, to name a few recent ones.

The majority play out in a world where God and Satan are warring over the souls of mankind. Satan is always pulling some, Third Reich 4th quarter crazy play, in which some poor lady is impregnated with his seed, (ala Anti-Christ) and now the whole world is threatened and everyone, including God, is relying on one underdog hero to stop it.

The day God needs us is the day He is no longer God. "What does God need with a spaceship?"

Constantine pulls a concept out of the book of Job in which God and Satan have a wager about Job's enduring faith. The movie extends this wager to include all of humanity and makes the outcome uncertain.

It makes for a thrilling movie but I am so glad our world doesn't work like that.

A tangent I know, the day I get my html code to play a stinking wav file will be the day the Lord returns. So if you hear some tinny voice projecting out of your speakers the day you visit again get ready!


Anonymous said...

whether or not God needs a spaceship is not vital. Whats vital is whether or not God likes them. It'd be sweet if God gave particular help to people designing or flying them. Who knows, maybe in the next few years He'll plant the seed of some FTL goodness in a physicist's brain!!!


Proteinstar said...

Hey the concept of the benzene ring came to Kekulé in 1865, 40 years after Micheal Faraday discovered it. I think most major inventions/discoveries are God driven. Penicillin...

Heck X-rays were discovered by accident by the German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen in 1895.

God does the discovering.

So FTL here we come!