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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  1. Some fantastic points raised here. Fairy tales are mainly for children, but that does not mean that adults can not re learn, the morality of fairy tales. Morality is relevant to people of all ages.

  2. This podcast, and the blog that inspired it, suffers from a horrible confusion of categories. Tolkien did not believe that he would actually find a fairy hiding in his garden. But he did believe that fairy stories can point to and give insight to the “true myth” of the gospel. He believed fairy stories were make believe, but should be written well enough that we can suspend disbelief and enjoy them for what they are. If you took a friend to see The Avengers, you would be watching a work of fiction in which the creators were hoping the viewers would suspend disbelief within that context. As you watch the movie, you tell yourself, “Within the context given, Captain America could totally pull that off.” Then you might leave the theater thinking about how the fiction you just possibly points to the non-fiction of the redemption story. No one leaves thinking, “if I ever meet Captain America, I have a few questions for him.”
    The Bachelor is just the opposite. The Bachelor is not a fairy story. Those are real people. When Joy Beth was asked, “What about the consequences?”, she stammered a bit and never answered. That’s because in her heart she knows the consequences are real. Those are real women sobbing real tears because real hopes have been dashed. The hosts rightly pointed out that the desire to find a mate is a good and godly desire. But they couldn’t bring themselves to say that The Bachelor does not present a godly way of finding a mate. I can’t imagine any parent sending a daughter off to college and telling her, “There’s a good chance you’ll meet your future husband at college, so just remember to do it just like they do on The Batchelor!”
    Drew and Tyler sounded afraid to disagree with Joy Beth’s point of view, especially after she admitted that she has tried more than once to get on The Batchelor.

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