Imagine a world in which pain has been eradicated, where
social engineering and drugs have quelled jealousy, hatred—even love—an
egalitarian world where, for the sake of sameness, people’s ability to see
colors has been blocked. Picture a community where destinies are assigned by
“The Elders”, dictators who also get to decide who is inept and should
therefore be euthanized—including babies. This is the dystopia depicted in The Giver.
Starring Jeff Bridges,
Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift, The Giver is the movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s mind-probing and
oh-so disturbing novel. Disturbing because, in its absurdity, it strikes a chord and
sends a warning: When man wants to tamper with nature and control everything to
create utopia, he creates dystopia. Worse still, he destroys the very heart of
But this movie has a serious flaw. It seems to ignore Christian history while highlighting Islam--something one assumes is an oversight and not a deliberate bias--especially in a time when Christians are being beheaded for their faith.
I love reading the Bible, but sometimes it is hard to understand without studying it
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