Video Game site Dorkly recently published an article with Christian approved versions of controversial games. Even though I feel the tone is somewhat mocking, I can’t help but think the Tebow game, as well as Rock Band Psalms aren’t that bad of ideas, and may have an audience. Tebow is certainly a high profile Christian, and Christian Music games have been attempted before. I think youth ministries would be down for some Rock Band Psalms nights for sure.
Fan Art is always a fun thing, it can take the characters out of their fictional setting and into our own.
Creation Ministries International recently published an article that serves as a warning against Science Fiction for Christians. It makes some wonderful points, but in the end, i couldn’t help but feel it was trying to hammer me over the head with a message that all Science Fiction was straight from the Pitt Hell and i should never again watch anything remotely like, and possibly buy more Ken Ham books to fill the time with. (at least they have a good substitute idea, also I may be exaggerating their stance slightly.)
Many argued Fantasy type tales were all terrible. Still to this day I encounter Christians (normally of the older variety) who don’t like or even approve of the Chronicles of Narnia, despite it containing at least of the most tear jerking, gut wrenching Christian allegories I’ve ever read (Aslan’s sacrifice, and Eustace being transformed back into a boy.) But Fantasy all involves magic, or talking animals, or other things that don’t exist including events which would violate physics and the laws of nature.. Those comments sound much like what the Creation article tosses at science fiction.
A couple of key things should be remembered when reading/viewing/playing Sci-Fi.
1.It doesn’t claim to be the truth like God’s word does. Anyone who gets there theology, or world view, form a work of fiction isn’t thinking in terms of reality.
2. Every creator has a bias.
3. Multiple writers are often used in TV shows etc, which mean multiple sources of bias.
4. The Line between Fantasy and Sci-Fi are sometimes blurred (Star Wars is often cited to remind us of this.)
5. There are Christian’s who work with sci-fi to tell a Christian story. (here is one example)
6. Christian writers too have a bias, and occasionally can be legalistic in their approach to entertainment.
7. You have the liberty to watch it, but don’t become a stumbling block. “But take care that this [a]liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9 NASB
8. Always monitor what your putting into your head, be aware of how it affects you.
IGN has posted a new article detailing how famous author Sir Salman Rushdie found comfort in Mario and the mushroom kingdom while running for his life. Sir Rushdie came into attack for his book, The Satanic Verses, and was ordered killed. Click on the IGN link to read the full story.
IGN Reports that a map in Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 2 was removed because there was a painting with this qoute, “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty,” hanging above a toilet.
Click the link to read more about it on IGN.
Last week when I shared an article about God and Gaming I thought I had found that article btw of GameSpy, I was actually thinking of a separate article. So this another writers perspective on why God (or at least religions) and Gaming can mix.
I re-read it before posting and it takes a very different approach than the article I shared last week and I was very shocked to learn someone who worked on D and D was a former Methodist preacher. Very interesting.
Since Nerd 4 the Lord didn’t exist, their was no single place containing articles or links to other articles that had to do both with faith and nerdom. I did run into some from time to time and saved them to refer to myself, now I am sharing them with you.
I confess I got to this link through some surfing from link to link that I think started on Game Spy somehow. It’s on Uprox’s Gamma Squad division which has some good nerd articles from to time. I think they make a good argument for Video Games to use religions of the real world in their games. Few have and it is a sticky issue. I’ll admit that I would shy away from something too doctrinally unsound, but I am a gamer and I do enjoy when my faith is referenced in a game.