Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom
We continue our worship series, “God on Film,” focused on some popular summer films and how we notice God and spiritual themes in the movies.
The movie we’ll be looking at in our Film and Faith sermon series this week is Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom. You can watch the official trailer here:
The Jurassic film series excites our interest in the primeval past and also our capacity to modify our world. Dinosaurs fascinate me. I love looking at the giant skeletons of the T Rex and the brontosaurus at natural history museums and try to imagine a world where these enormous creatures roamed freely. The movie taps into the intriguing possibility of cloning dangerous, prehistoric creatures that never actually lived side by side with humans. As the Jurassic movies portray, creation can never be completely confined — which is also a lesson about all kinds of technology that we enjoy and that sometimes goes much further than we intended and becomes problematic. There have been five Jurassic Park sequels and numerous video games based on the story. Sunday we’ll talk about the recent film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. We’ll connect this film to the biblical story of the Tower of Babel. This episode is an interesting piece from the prehistory portion of the Bible, which reveals the all too human desire to make a name for ourselves, to do what only God can do (in this story, an attempt to reach the heavens). It is a story about our hubris (a Greek word meaning “excessive pride” or “self-confidence”) and a desire to use tools and technology for our own pursuits and our attempt to do what only God should do.
We live in an interesting time in which science and religion are often pitted against each other. In reality, both contribute so much to make life workable and bearable for us. I like the words of English Physicist Sir William Bragg who once said, “Sometimes people ask if religion and science are opposed to one another. They are—in the sense that the thumb and fingers of my hand are opposed to one another. It is an opposition by means of which anything can be grasped.” Our challenge is often where to exercise restraint in using technology, especially smartphones, our online time, social media, etc, in ways that alters our behavior (for the worse), causes addiction and can isolate us. Sunday we’ll talk about this tension in our lives. We’ll remember how God always returns to us, regardless of our shortcomings and our attempts to pursue our own desires. We all learn to rely on our technology, but we need to rediscover how God is a far more reliable presence in our lives.
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