I just posted a review of Brian Godawa’s “Word Pictures” over at my film blog if anyone is interested.
The book would have much more value if the thesis was framed in terms of the interplay between literal and non-literal (artistic) expression, rather than word and image. This spectrum would remove all the confusion surrounding Godawa’s categories and retain much of the valuable insights he offers in the book while avoiding some fatal pitfalls. The solution to the use of literal vs non-literal expression would then be to prioritize literal expression, rather than granting non-literal expression equal priority in the comprehension and communication of truth. However, that does not, therefore, mean that there is no value or place for non-literal expression. “For everything there is a season” (Ecc 3:1). Context is key. Gordon Clark offers a helpful explanation:
The Scriptures contain metaphors, figures of speech, and symbolism; for the Scriptures are addressed to men in all situations – situations in which their attention needs to be aroused and their memory facilitated, as well as situations in which plain information must be conveyed. But since symbolic language and metaphor depend on literal meaning, the most intelligible and understandable expressions are to be found in the literal theological statements, such as those in Romans
“It is finished”. But unlike the finished work of Christ, I’m only done with the first draft of Useless… And there’s a lot more work to do. But this lifts a big weight off my shoulders.
Thank you for your prayers over the last month. They were truly answered. I’ve been praying for The Lord to be glorified throughout this process. One of the ways he answers that is to remind me that I can’t do this work of myself, but only through Him.
This was my office for the last week:
I appreciate those of you who have been praying for my screenwriting. On May 11 I asked for help in the process. It had taken me 2 years to write about 30 pages. Since the 11th I have written another 35 pages and am on pace to finish by the end of the month, Lord willing.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
I’m having a very difficult time finishing a screenplay I’m working on. I’ve been working on it for the last two years and it is like pulling teeth every time I sit down to write. I would greatly appreciate your prayers, specifically that the Lord would grant me a completed first draft by the end of the month.
Thoughts on the VFX Crisis is the best article I have read dealing with complaints being made by those in the VFX industry. I recommend the read.
I have a new website up at http://brandonadams.com/
If you want to stay updated on the film, sign up for the feed over there. I’ll also be posting theological commentary on story telling, etc
Here’s a great lecture by Grant Horner: Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Viewer
Despite the title, it’s not so much a guide to watching movies as it is a holistic look at culture and cultural products in light of Romans 1. Highly recommend it