Brokeback to the Future

It’s scary how well this trailer works…

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • jasdye

    ooops.

    i think the priest i’m referring to was in the Washington Post story on the other thread. getting my resurrection-is-hooey-for-the-superstitious stories mixed up.

  • jasdye

    ‘faked’? huh…

    i think that says more about a watered-down cultural version of christianity-lite than anything else, really.

    it’s bad enough that self-identifying christians don’t believe in a literally risen Christ (as the episcopal priest in the story identified himself among those ranks), but to believe that it’s all based on a hoax, a prank… ppphhhhhhssthh!!!!!!

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Did you notice that 8% of self-identified Christians (as opposed to 31% of self-identified non-Christians) said they believe the crucifixion was faked?

  • jasdye

    13% in the US.

    woo-hoo. only 1 in 8.

    take that, cannucks!

    i wonder how many of the 75% that supposedly believe in the resurrection believe in a literal, bodily and spiritual, resurrection.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    That’s why I provided a link to the polling company itself, and their press release on this particular poll. :)

  • Anonymous

    It might be worth checking on the reliability of this polling company before getting too agitated. This could be one of those bogus pseudo-polls that are bandied about in the media so frequently, or it could actually be a more scientific poll. Hard to comment too much without knowing more background.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Y’know, the “It’s only FICTION!” response doesn’t work for me. Christians have used fiction to communicate what they believe to be true for years — Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness and Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins’ Left Behind are only the most recent examples — so I think it behooves us all to be consistent and admit that, yes, even works of fiction can and should be taken seriously when they claim to reflect and represent non-fictitious facts (and The Da Vinci Code does claim this, very explicitly, on its first page).

    Taking these books “seriously” does not mean believing their claims or giving them a free pass; for example, I think the dispensationalist eschatology that underlies the Left Behind series is pure bunk. I therefore have no qualms at all with saying that The Da Vinci Code has more than its share of pure bunk, too. (Ditto Angels & Demons, the previous novel featuring the Tom Hanks character.)

    But to say that no one should take a book’s truth claims seriously, simply because it’s a novel, does a disservice to readers and novelists alike. It’s snobby and unhelpful.

  • RC

    That’s just sad.

    –RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

  • BethR

    Lee Strobel addresses the DVC helpfully in several video interviews on his website:
    http://www.leestrobel.com/

  • Anonymous

    That’s stupid. Most of what Dan Brown says in that book isn’t true. It’s frickin categorized in the “FICTION” side of the bookstores!!! IT’S A NOVEL!!!!!

  • Matt Page

    Brilliant – funniest thing i’ve seen for a while.

    Matt

  • Nicholas

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for that link.
    That made my night.

  • Charlie

    Oh, that is so funny! Can’t wait to see the movie.

  • Travis

    Scary indeed.

    Of course, this means about two-dozen other “Brokeback” parody trailers in the next three weeks.


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