The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Significant films of '09

Reviewers select movies that reveal and reflect the search for meaning

Every year we choose the "Most Spiritually Literate Films" from all the movies we've reviewed.

Avatar joined the list of the most
Avatar joined the list of the most spiritually literate films for Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat.
We look for stories that reveal and reflect the search for meaning and purpose, characters who demonstrate the application of spiritual qualities in daily life, and themes that raise our consciousness to a fuller engagement with our world.

Our choices among the 2009 films are Avatar (PG-13), Up in the Air (R), Julie & Julia (PG-13), Amreeka (PG-13), Away We Go (R), A Serious Man (R), Precious (R), Invictus (PG-13), The Hurt Locker (R) and The Messenger (R).

Visit Spirituality and Practice to read full reviews of these films and to see the lists of "Most Spiritually Literate Foreign Language Films," "Animated Films" and "Documentaries."


Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Posted at 6:31 pm (U.S. Eastern) 3/2/2010

WARNING: Believers need to check all worldly things with scripture.

I've only seen a few of these movies and I don't really get the "spirituality" connection for them.....ESPECIALLY 'Avatar'!  You kidding me?

I liked it, I didn't take it seriously, I saw it as a really good sci-fi version of "Pocahontas" and "Custer's Last Stand" rolled into one....but SPIRITUALLY?  SPIRITUALLY, it is about worshipping the planet goddess, the trees, the animals, THE CREATION instead of the Creator.

Believers have to be very careful not to buy in to the new age spirituality that has NOTHING to do with our Lord and Savior Jesus.

The spirituality in this movie was much more like Pantheism or Wicca than anything true.

The Lutheran magazine prints some VERY scripturally questionable things....of course the ELCA has thrown the Bible out the window, so I shouldn't be surprised.

(Notice several of these "spiritual" movies were rated R?)

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