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Science and Faith at the Movies: “Avatar”, Part 1

Science and Faith at the Movies: Avatar

In this three part series, Brian Godawa discusses the popular movie Avatar, delving into its statements about modern culture as well as its religious aspects. He labels it as a “postmodern pagan myth” advocating “nature worship” that condemns the science, military and corporations of the Western world. He then examines how pantheism and the Gaia hypothesis provide a religious framework within the movie. In addition, he discusses ancient and modern myth-making as a means to overthrow dominate political and cultural institutions. Ultimately, he attributes the film’s world-wide success to its appeal to a transcendent reality beyond the material for which all humans long.