Saturday, August 27, 2005

Seasoning the Silver Screen

Gene Edward Veith's cover story in the latest World Magazine ("Salting Hollywood") asks the question: "Can a Christian serve God in the secular film industry?" Veith seeks to find an answer to this question by talking to Hollywood professionals who are Christians and who see their talent as a gift from God and their work as a Christian vocation.

In fact, all of us Christians working in the secular world would do well to take a cue from director Scott Derrickson, a contributor to the upcoming book Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture (Baker Books, edited by Spencer Lewerenz and Barbara Nicolosi): . . .

In Behind the Screen, Mr. Derrickson - maker of the upcoming The Exorcism of Emily - describes his various efforts over the years to answer the question, "What is the duty of a Christian in Hollywood?" Finally, he said, "I realized that my primary duty as a Christian in Hollywood is the same as the primary duty of the Christian at Microsoft or UPS or the police department. My primary duty as a Christian in Hollywood is to do my job well."

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