Chattaway’s Back (and Under Attack!)

Chattaway’s back to regular blogging, now that his wife Deanna and the twins are home from the hospital. (Congratulations again, Chattaway family!) Well, in truth, Peter never really stopped blogging, but he’s got so much interesting stuff this week, I won’t get specific. I’ll just send you over there.

Oh, and I should also note another stamp of approval for Chattaway’s work. He’s must be doing some good work, if he’s provoked Ted Baehr to say THIS about him:

It’s shocking to find out that reviewers don’t have a philosophy of art or knowledge of basic literary criticism. It’s even more shocking to find that Christian reviewers don’t have a theology of art. But, then, to discover that Christian reviewers don’t know the economics of the film industry is beyond the pale of common sense.

How long do you give Baehr before he notices just how “beyond the pale” I’ve been in my comments about him here? (I suppose it’s true… color does tend to drain from my face when I read Baehr’s typically outrageous statements about film.)

I look forward to seeing Chattaway’s inevitable response…

[UPDATE: Ah, here is the inevitable response.]


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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Read the review of Vanity Fair at the Looking Closer movie page.

  • RC

    i checked out Romola Garai on imdb…

    what movie made you impressed w/ her to make you hope she gets bigger/better roles.

    –RC of

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    My bad! Sorry!

  • jasdye

    actually, i was joking along.

    thanks for ruining it, jeffrey!

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Gaffney understands that, jasdye. His post was poking fun at Baehr. It was meant as a joke. Read it again.

  • jasdye


    I see your point on Rice. Yes, she is making a profit on residuals that she needs to leave behind (never having read her work, however, I guess I never considered her work primarily erotica). But I spent too much time in the separatist camp of Fundamentalism to feel comfortable on the “guilty by association” rap. They didn’t post a blurb from Pamela Anderson or some porn star. They got a recommendation from a newly converted Master of Vampire Novels author/star. It’s good publicity, sure, but not that great a deal. Nor, from what I see, a big deal.


    Give Jeffrey some credit. He constantly gives Behr space and a voice on his own blog, for our explicit gratification. We all need a good laugh every once in a while. Jeffrey provides that service via Uncle Ted.

  • Gaffney


    You have misrepresented Mr. Baehr.

    I think it is rather obvious that his opening comments, “It’s shocking to find out that reviewers don’t have a philosophy of art or knowledge of basic literary criticism. It’s even more shocking to find that Christian reviewers don’t have a theology of art,” are about himself, not Chattaway.

    Mr. Baehr is arguing that while it is bad that he himself has no understanding of art, literary criticism or a theology of art, it is worse that Chattaway doesn’t have Baehr’s creative flair with math.

    Just like you to not give Baehr credit when he admits his lack of credibility. You may owe him an apology.


  • Thom G

    I thought I had read that she was done writing the erotica in an interview featured in Christianity Today…

  • Adam Walter

    jasdye wrote: why doth Walter seem so disparaging of both Rice and Wright?

    The scripture doth encourage us–yea verily–to evaluate religious figures according to their deeds. I happen to be very interested in both the horror genre and Wright’s apologetics (I’ve seen both of these authors in the flesh within the past 9 months). Are you suggesting I shouldn’t be skeptical about a novelist who is making money off both her book about Jesus and her erotica? It simply seems odd to me that Wright and his publisher would feel comfortable linking his new book with a known literary pornographer.

  • jasdye

    1) Baehr has a theology of art? REALLY?? that’s hilarious? because i don’t know too many people who would honestly say that we are redeemed by not ‘sinning.’ maybe he’s a hardcore legalist. i guess that’s not much of a surprise.

    2)Over the Hedge does look like fun. one of the few, if any, non-Pixar cgi films i may truly enjoy. i think that OtH and Hoodwink’d actually share a writer/director, right?

    3) why doth Walter seem so disparaging of both Rice and Wright?

  • Martin

    Beyond the pale” refers to territory, not complexion. Too much Procol Harum…

  • Neil E. Das

    I just saw the trailer for OTH. The mannerisms of the squirrel and even the giving him caffeine gag bears a striking resemblance to Twitchy from Hoodwinked. Hmmm?! I suppose, though, that they must have both been in production about the same time.