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Drew and Tyler host CaPC Digest 1st time guest Joy Beth Smith as the trio goes deeper into her article on how The Bachelor is a fairy tale and how J.R.R. Tolkien would have loved the show…..probably.
J.R.R. Tolkien once made a defense of fairy tales that were criticized for being only for children, with nothing beneficial for more mature readers. One of the secondary beliefs that Tolkien cited, was the ability to suspend reality and by doing so, show us something of our own world in a unique setting. To be able to tell a story that is ultimately believable but not necessarily set in the world we know.
Joy Beth submits that The Bachelor is a fairy tale labeled as reality TV. You have to believe that 20 women who are beautiful and between the ages of 21 and 30 are vying for the affection of a man. Horse rides, hot tubs, ocean swimming and other elements make people believe that all the women are madly in love with this “Prince Charming”.
Then how does The Bachelor as a fairy tale present itself for Christians to process? After mentioning Drew’s older article on The Bachelor, the trio talks about the implications of the elements of the show such as sexuality. How does passion present itself in culture and within the church? How does the church hold that sexuality is something that should be denied until marriage and then suddenly “activated” for marriage?
This and more is all in this episode of the CaPC Digest.
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