I’m going to post this response in three parts because first I want to set some ground rules for my response and give you time to watch the video for yourself. Then, I’m going to cover the most problematic, in my opinion, of Driscoll’s arguments. Finally, I’ll cover some minor issues and points on which I agree with Driscoll.
First things first—I’m responding to this video, Mark Driscoll on Twilight, so you should go watch it to better understand the points I’ll be making in this and the following two posts. It’s about 10 minutes long, so not too time-consuming.
Second, let me be clear about three things.
- I respect Mark Driscoll as an influential theological leader. Discourse is an important part of growth and knowledge, so I will disagree with and criticize him, but that doesn’t mean I hate him. Especially in political discourse, many Americans have forgotten the difference between disagreeing and being mortal enemies.
- Just as I respectfully disagree with Driscoll, I believe that intelligent and meaningful criticism respects those it disagrees with. I’ll explain this more when I talk about Driscoll’s handling of Mormons and Stephanie Meyer in part 2.
- While I have read the Twilight series four times through, I have not read any of the other books he mentions. I will not be commenting on them or his critiques of them. If you have read them and agree or disagree with Driscoll, I look forward to reading your response. Post a link to your post in the comments section, and I’ll update this post to include a link to it.
Finally, for the sake of this particular argument, I am going to ask that Christians or Mormons reading this disregard core theological differences between Christians and Mormons. Driscoll isn’t making any arguments that hinge on those differences, nor do those core beliefs play any part in the Twilight series. I will want us to focus on some beliefs that Mormons and Christians share, namely the sanctity of marriage and the importance of chastity. This is, in fact, a value that most major religions share.
That’s the end for today. Do those sound like fair ground rules to start from?