To those who have emailed me in response to The Seattle Times feature on Looking Closer, I can’t thank you enough for the encouragement you’ve given me. I *will* answer each and every email that you’ve sent as I find the time, but it’s going to take a while, so I appreciate your patience.
If you wrote and asked me to come speak to your church, I appreciate that, but please understand that my several jobs make for a fairly demanding schedule and I will not be able to respond to all of those invitations, as much as I’d like to.
And to the person who wrote in infuriated that I didn’t rank What the Bleep Do We Know? as the most spiritually profound film of the year, I’ll say this: any movie that tells us we can’t know any trustworthy, absolute truth … and then tries to assert that it is absolutely true that the spirit of Ramtha is more trustworthy than Christianity … underestimates our ability to detect contradictions and sell-jobs when we encounter them. In fact, isn’t it a little funny that a “convert” of this movie, which asserts that we should all be content with our own imagined version of truth and not try to persuade others, is spending energy trying to convince me that by omitting this movie from my list I’ve done something absolutely wrong?
In Looking Closer’s review of the film, Mike Hertenstein, who gives the film one star out of five, writes, “It does seem extremely interesting that a film that was devoted to urging viewers to create their own reality in their preferred image should suddenly flip-flop and become dogmatic about the objective reality of God. Or, more precisely, of asserting that God is nothing like he’s been presented by the Christian faith. No doubt, it’s pretty easy to be sympathetic to the ongoing project of disentangling the Christian faith from Modernity. But it also seems comically hypocritical that Ramtha should remark on how it was ‘the height of arrogance’ to create God in one’s own image, even as she (or he? J. Z. Knight is a woman, but I forget Ramtha’s gender.) was doing just that.”