WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
Who is responsible for content in mainstream books and film?We are. We cannot rely on the business of stories to make moral choices for the content that the 82% of Christian Americans tell the story suppliers that we want to read. The Fifty Shades erotica series was the number one best selling series in 2013. Certainly Christians read it in droves. Now it is being made into a film that will target high school teens who might just go to the theaters in droves to watch the R-rated film (For R-Rated Films: Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian (age 21 or older) and 25 years and under must show ID. And children under the age of 6 are not allowed after 6:00pm.).Hollywood messages influence moral judgment. Books like the Starlet Series can merge the realistic fiction that teen readers want with Christian values. We can reduce the focus on being sexy as reflected in the steamy scenes and on cheating as reflected in the love triangle and still have an engaging, compelling love story.
Poll: Most Americans Say They’re Christian
Ask Americans their religion and you’ll get an earful — 50 individual answers in an ABCNEWS/Beliefnet poll, ranging from agnostics to Zen Buddhists. The vast majority, though, have something in common: Jesus Christ.
Eighty-three percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians. Most of the rest, 13 percent, have no religion. That leaves just 4 percent as adherents of all non-Christian religions combined — Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and a smattering of individual mentions.
That’s quite different from the world at large: Fifty-two percent of the world’s population is non-Christian, compared to 4 percent in the United States; and one-third is Christian, compared to 83 percent in the United States. (These are rough comparisons, because the world figures, reported by the Encyclopedia Britannica, are for the full population, while the U.S. figures are among adults only.)
This poll used an open-ended question to gauge religious affiliation: “What if anything is your religion?” Most of the 50 affiliations cited are Christian denominations, ranging from the Assembly of God to the United Church of Christ. Added up they show that 53 percent of Americans are Protestants, 22 percent Catholics and 8 percent other Christians, such as Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses. [read more]
Celebrating Christmas and the Holidays, Then and Now
Pew Forum | Polling and Analysis | December 18, 2013
Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. But only about half see Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while one-third view it as more of a cultural holiday. Virtually all Christians (96%) celebrate Christmas, and two-thirds see it as a religious holiday. In addition, fully eight-in-ten non-Christians in America also celebrate Christmas, but most view it as a cultural holiday rather than a religious occasion. [read more]
I have hope. You can make a difference, too. Support mainstream fiction that incorporates spiritual elements into the stories. You have the power to influence Hollywood.