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Hollywood’s Noah

Hollywood’s Noah

This month Hollywood is releasing a movie loosely based on the story of Noah. Muslims are complaining because it isn’t true to the Koran. Christians are complaining because it isn’t true to the biblical text.  And other people are complaining because they wish it wasn’t Russell Crowe who was cast as the leading role.  Fair enough. But let’s keep our minds open just a tad. Open enough to encourage dialogue instead of dismissing the movie altogether just because we think it’s just another Hollywood attempt that completely gets the facts wrong. There is power in storycentric communication– even when it is Hollywood’s version. The picture we Christians paint of Noah is that of a boat with a couple of cute giraffes sticking their heads out the window. And the hippos and monkeys are smiling. Always smiling. There’s a dove and rainbow somewhere in there and a catchy tune about “40 days and

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