Bleepity bleep.

More than a decade ago, when I was writing for Christianity Today‘s movie-review website, I quickly grew weary of hearing from moviegoers who believe that we should condemn films in which characters cuss.

So, I invited a variety of Christians who write film reviews to offer their opinions on “foul language” and whether or not Ted Baehr’s Movieguide and other “morality checklist” review sites are justified in their blanket condemnation of movies in which expletives occur.

You can revisit that article here.

I thought of that article today when Alan Jacobs posted this link to The Atlantic. It’s an excerpt from Wallace Stegner. On Jacobs’ own Tumblr Page, he has posted his response to it.

I wish I’d known about Stegner’s account at the time I hosted that round table on profanity, and that I’d known about Alan Jacobs and asked him to participate.

Shoot. And darn it all.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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