Mark Driscoll’s ‘Discernment’
Some time back I wrote on Mark Driscoll as scholar and exegete after his ham-fisted abuse of Targum Neofiti in a talk we shall loosely describe as a sermon.
Today we get a look at him as, uh, a preacher… I guess. Anyways, he feels the need to warn his congregation about Twilight because he wants them to be ‘discerning’.
I am reminded of the line in Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Did Driscoll convert to Pentecostalism or something? Did he read This Present Darkness? And exactly how does he know so much about Satan and demons and what they are doing?
I have neither the time nor desire to fully deconstruct it, because let’s be honest, there is a ton of things I could write, but let me help with your ‘discernment’ for a couple of minutes.
- There are no such things as Vampires and Werewolves. Don’t worry
- A demon did not start Mormonism
- There’s no apple in Genesis one ‘pastor’ Mark
- The real problem with Twilight has nothing to do with ‘demons’ or ‘Mormonism'; however, literary criticism and critical thinking are hard (impossible for Driscoll?) so he goes the easy ‘demon’ route. The actual problem with the book, and I say this as a father of two girls one who is a teenager, is the unhealthy dating models and hyper-infatuation that is supposedly ‘love’ that young girls are being exposed and inculcated into. Bella is a whiny loser who allows herself to be terribly treated, and puts herself in danger for an infatuated relationship. Lessons I do not want my daughters to learn.
- If you go into a bookstore you will find this in the ‘fantasy’ genre. Get a grip.
- Of course, this sort of criticism comes from the same guy who suggested Avatar is the most satanic film he has ever seen. Could you actually be more non-discerning? There are competing meta-narratives that create meaning and understanding for some people, but any of these meta-narratives that are different than mine are satanic. Well played Mark.