The Arts & Faith community released its fifth Top 25 list today — and the theme this time is “Films on Memory”. You can get a sense of what the list is all about by reading this introductory essay by my friend Ryan Holt. As before, with our lists on divine comedies and films about marriage, I wrote two of the blurbs: one on Akira Kurosawa’s Rashômon (1950), in which I sneak in a reference to his later film Ikiru (1952); and another on Errol Morris’s The Thin Blue Line (1988).
Thanks to a lengthy blog post by Brian Mattson, a theologian with the the Center for Cultural Leadership in California, the latest meme to work its way into public discussion of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is that the film is somehow Gnostic, and that it presents a worldview in which God is really Satan and vice versa.
Is there anything to Mattson’s claims? Not really, and here’s why.