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Response to “Mark Driscoll on Twilight” [part 1]

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.

Ground Rules

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

3 thoughts on “Response to “Mark Driscoll on Twilight” [part 1]

  1. CK Hicks

    18 Feb on 2011 at 11:15

    Sounds like a great basis for discussion to me. I’ll stay tuned for more!

  2. Bryan Thompson

    18 Feb on 2011 at 9:18

    Linden, I know the tweet you’re referring to. I have heard some of his comments regarding Twilight, Harry Potter, etc. I can maybe understand a little of where he is coming from – yes, these books talk about things that your kids need to know about and their place in good/evil things – but, I think 2 things: 1) it’s up to parents to decide what values they want instilled in their home, no religion can tell them what to do in that as everyone perceives God differently. And 2) if you as a parent do have values in these areas, you should at least talk to your kids about what is fiction and what isn’t, and then leave it at that. By all means, let your kid LOVE READING! As long as he’s not reading Satanic scripture, let him figure things out for himself! :)

    • admin

      18 Feb on 2011 at 11:57

      @CK: Good, I’m glad to hear I’m not starting off in left field. :)

      @Bryan: You should definitely watch the video, because Driscoll disagrees with some of your points. I don’t, but I’m not the leader of a large, very influential church. :) This should be an interesting discussion, and I’m looking forward to your thoughts on parts 2 and 3!