What GIRL MOST LIKELY Teaches Us About Our Heritage

Last weekend I reviewed the new film Girl Most Likely, starring Kristen Wiig (of Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids fame), for Christianity Today. As I started working on the article, I found that the movie had odd resonances with a subject I think about a lot: how can we be always growing and renewing as Christians, seeking a more robust faith, and yet still have the proper amount of respect and gratitude toward the faith in which we were raised, or the places where we came to faith?

So I turned to a book called Consulting the Faithful, by Dr. Richard Mouw. (I expect this is the first and last time he and Kristen Wiig appear in an article together.)

. . . Certainly there might be things to discuss and debate and even eschew in American popular religion, Mouw says, but let’s not make the grave mistake of tossing it all out in pursuit of something more highbrow and cool.

I found myself thinking about Mouw’s admonition in an unlikely place: a movie theater in midtown Manhattan, where I was watching Kristen Wiig sniff disdainfully at Annette Bening’s taste in men . . .

You can read the whole article here. I’d love to know what you think.


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