November 27, 2007

An animated mass debate

Scotland: BloodSpell is a work of machinima—a computer animation made using video games. It's fantasy, and, as you might expect, there are some people out there who have difficulty understanding the meaning of that word. Such people base their lives on a very early example of the genre, and are unable to differentiate between fantasy and real life. And so it was that someone styling themselves The Enemy turned up in a forum dedicated to the production. He didn't enjoy it.

While the technique of Machinima to make such a film is both novel and well done given the limitations of the craft, the film itself wasn't worth the 1.5 hours to sit through. I can't imagine anyone being so captivated by this disgusting idea that they'd surrender 3 YEARS of their life to make it into a movie.

And what did he find disgusting about it? Well, it seems that the fantasy world it's set in isn't one that obeys the rules of one of the characters in his favourite fantasy book. He presents us with a list of objections (all religious)

1) Worship of angels - Forbidden in the real Scriptures.
2) Human sacrifice to angels - At no time throughout the Scripture is a human blood sacrifice ever encouraged or commanded.
3) Alligance with demons - Summoning demonic spirits may make for an interesting game to allow for all kinds of digital carnage and outlandish artwork, but playing with Satan's host is no laughing matter.
4) Demonic fight against the angel - Of course, with a volutary human blood sacrifice used to kill the angel which demanded both blood and worship, I'm at a loss as to whether the angel wasn't actually a Satanic figure himself who "appears as an angel of light". Lucifer means "star of the dawn".
5) Anti-Catholic - While no doubt that y'all have more reason to resent the Catholic church than us in the States, and, no doubt, they're guilty of the past and present crimes that they've committed, this film is hardly a truce to the hostilities, is it?
6) Anti-Christian? - However, you didn't attack "Catholics" or "Cardinals" or "priests" or "Popes", did you? You attacked "the church", the attendees of "churches", any moral standard, all bounds of restraint, and everyone who holds to such a standard.

He then complains further, in an utterly non-bigoted way, and attacking no-one at all:

Why is it that you can't bash homos or spicks or niggers or wetbacks, but you can bash a Christian who's just trying to live their own lives in peace with their God? Instead, you make a film that calls all people who worship anything other than themselves, their own lusts, and their own power the enemy.

One member of the production team was unsure how he made the leap from not obeying my imaginary friend to bashing my religion, and pointed out

Let me say before I begin that BloodSpell is not intended as a criticism of any specific real-world religion. If you felt that we were specifically targeting your own personal religious views, I can only apologise, whilst admitting to being totally baffled as to how you've reached that conclusion....

We certainly never suggest that the demons that the Blooded are able to summon (or any of their other blood-magic abilities) are linked in any way to Satan. In fact, there's no mention of Satan, Jehovah, Yahweh, the Buddha, the Green Man or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. We never make even the most veiled allusion to any real-world religious figure at all.

He also notes that The Enemy isn't that familiar with the book he's promoting, and that there's a problem with his point number 2 (At no time throughout the Scripture is a human blood sacrifice ever encouraged or commanded.):

Not true. Abraham and Isaac.

Another pointed out his relief that the bampot didn't like the film:

Frankly I'm glad you didn't like the film. It shows we're doing something right.

The views you've just displayed put you beyond the pale of anyone I would want in my audience. I'm not a Christian, but several of the crew on BloodSpell are, and I'm pretty certain they're embarassed to have you in the same faith as them right now.

And, right on cue, one of those Christians joined the fray. An American, born-again Christian animator:

BloodSpell is a fantasy film - much the same as Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia which also make reference to magic, monsters and other-worldly religions both good and bad and both of which were written by Christians.

Also, your offensive and unrestrained vernacular regarding certain other types of human beings is far from Christian. Remember how the scriptures teach us to love and tolerate, hate the sin but love the sinner. They also command us to be in the world but not of it. That does not mean secluding ourselves away from everything that might not be of God but rather to be in the middle of it and to be examples - or lights - by not succumbing to other ways. After all Jesus hung out with the sinners and tax-collectors, not the Pharisees, how can we make a difference or hope to understand others if we are surrounded by people the same as us. But then, you've already demonstrated that you only seem to have a selective understanding of biblical teaching.

Still, based on the success of Harry Potter, perhaps the producers ought to write to Christian Voice, or the Evangelical Alliance and suggest that they promote condemn BloodSpell.


Somewhere, a message board troll is giving himself a hearty pat on the back for a job well done.

To give them credit, the commenters in the forum did suggest he was a troll.


Lucifer doesn't mean star of the dawn any more than it can mean angel of light. The exact translation is Light Bearer or Carrier/bringer/speaker of (the) Light from the Latin, "Lux, lucis" which means light and "ferro, ferre" to bear, bring, speak of, or carry. Star of the Dawn is a poetic mistranslation, as is angel of light, neither are *really* incorrect, but they both sort of miss the point, that while God made light, Lucifer was charged with bearing it forth to the people. Some have suggested that this was a way for Christians to tell those pesky sun worshipers where to stick it. Sorry, just a classics nerd who needs people to just get it right...

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