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 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 lookingcloser.org 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.


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