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The Gospel Truth

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

Disney’s 1997 Hercules begins with a performance by the Muses, who recount "the Gospel Truth" of a story which actually begins long before the enduring tale of Hercules. The context of the older tale is essential for understanding key features of the subsequent story. Similarly, our two forthcoming works (Disney as Doorway to Apologetic Dialogue and Disney & the Moral Imagination) explore how enduring animated musical tales are enfolded by the Christian vision of reality, especially when it comes to moral theology.

To be clear, we do not argue that Disney films will "give the Gospel." In the words of Francis Schaeffer, writing at the popular level of theology and Christian philosophy, ""We must never forget that the first part of the gospel is not "Accept Christ as Savior," but "God is there." Only then is one ready to hear God's solution for man's moral dilemma.”[i] We believe that many Disney films have an imaginative power and aesthetic allure that is able to resonate with some of our deepest moral convictions. Because of this, Disney stories lend themselves well to theological analysis. That is, Disney tales—often appealing to the truth, goodness, and beauty of a kingdom-ever-after, and the fact that good will overcome evil—can serve as doorways to apologetic dialogue on issues of ethics, aesthetics, and theological formation.

The purpose of this blog is primarily to promote these two works, but also to share more about the publisher and the contributing authors. Stay tuned for more posts.

[i] Francis A. Schaeffer, “The God Who is There,” in Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1990), 144.

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