Box office and Bible.
If friends won’t try the Bible, take them to see The Bourne Ultimatum instead. In fact, watch the entire Bourne trilogy. It takes us right back to the Bible. While Bourne’s story might not look like our day-to-day life, his life does look a lot like the Bible’s age-to-age
story. Connecting the box office to the biblical story – or the world to the Word – can be as easy as reading what two film critics have written about the Bourne trilogy.
Winston Churchill famously observed that “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Churchill was right, but he failed to note that the philosophies shaping our buildings come from the same intellectual fermentation tanks that shape literature, music, and the rest of contemporary culture. For the past eighty years, architecture’s thought leaders have been proponents of globalized modernism. In some areas our culture has entered a postmodern era, but architecture’s infatuation with Modernism has yet to run its course.1
Whatever one may think of the last few Bourbon kings of France, they certainly knew how to build well. The legacy they left us at the Louvre and Versailles draws millions of gawkers from around the world. Clearly, tour book architecture is significant. But what about the architecture of our everyday lives? Is there any significance to these buildings, some of which seem hardly designed at all?
Back page news.
Go to the recycle bin and find the “religion” section in last Saturday’s newspaper. Hard to find? Religion is routinely relegated to the least read page in the least read section on the least read day of the week. Why is that?