We must choose wisely which stories we allow to enchant us. Stories are powerful; they can transport us to other worlds and take us into other minds. Like the wardrobe to Narnia or Doctor Who’s police box time machine, a story is “bigger on the inside.” Time passes differently in stories, and we return to our present reality having perhaps experienced years or lifetimes. A well-made film or television show can touch a heart, change a mind, or redirect a life.
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Caleb Woodbridge about his article “Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch” He answers questions about freedom and conscience when consuming TV shows and films. Issues discussed include: What are some of the pitfalls that Christians fall into when deciding what to watch? What are the foundations for making wise choices? Did you grow up in a Christian family? What approach did your parents take to media consumption? Have there been stories you have enjoyed that other Christians have had a problem with? How do you recommend things that have questionable content? Do you offer a disclaimer or heads up? Or do you just let the work speak for itself? What stories have you stopped watching or reading because of conscience? How can engaging with stories help us connect with others?
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