During the last week, we have examined the following question: “Should Christians participate in horror genres?” I’ve asked three people to write essays answering that question from different perspectives:
Lew argued that Christians are free to participate in horror genres. Bobby said that Christians can participate in horror genres as long as their conscience allows (i.e., Christians should limit their participation based on the Spirit’s convictions in their own consciences). Jason argued that Christians should not be involved in horror genres.
In this conclusion, I do not plan to answer the question about Christians and horror. (Although, it would be easy for astute readers to recognize that my views would fall within one of two views, and would not fall within one of the other views, especially given my participate in Zombie Theology.)
Instead, I want to encourage further dialog among Christians on this topic. In fact, I suggest that the authors of the three essays brought up some good points that would provide starting points for further conversation.
For example, how does a person’s conscience play into the decision about participating in horror genres? What if another person’s convictions differ? How do you relate to one another with differing convictions?
What if you lay out your best arguments and another person continue to disagree? How can you maintain fellowship despite your disagreements?
Similarly, what benefit is there to the individual in participating in horror genres? What about benefits to the church? What about benefits to the world?
So, in conclusion, I want to again thank Lew, Bobby, and Jason for taking part in this project. Also, I appreciate everyone who commented and interacted with their articles.
(All posts in this series are also published at “Zombie Theology.”)
Christians and Horror
- View 1: Christians are free to participate in horror genres
- View 2: Christians can participate in horror genres with limitations
- View 3: Christians should NOT participate in horror genres