In the News: Vatican says ‘Avatar’ is no masterpiece


Although the article is supposed to be about the movie “Avatar,” there are some comments made in the text that I find relevant to a pagan blog.

“The pope explained in the message that while many experience tranquillity and peace when coming into contact with nature, a correct relationship between man and the environment should not lead to ‘absolutizing nature’ or ‘considering it more important than the human person.'”

“Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that while the movie reviews are just that — film criticism, not theological pronouncements — they do reflect Pope Benedict XVI’s views on the dangers of turning nature into a ‘new divinity.'”

A little late for that, I think, as nature is not a “new divinity,” but an ancient one.  But good try.

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2 responses to “In the News: Vatican says ‘Avatar’ is no masterpiece

  1. Oh, and one last comment: “open the way to a new pantheism tinged with neo-paganism, which would see the source of man’s salvation in nature alone, understood in purely naturalistic terms.” – As if that’s such a bad thing?

  2. Love your response. It’s sad that so many people forget the older religions so easily…

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