Saturday, October 24, 2015

Do you still enjoy art and literature with religious themes or imagery? - Episode 72

Ami, Abby, and Mistie talk about the experience of reading western literature as atheists and ex-Adventists, conflicts that arise when raising children in a world saturated with religious imagery, and the role of religious themes in art and culture.

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  1. I can relate to this one! As the product of a Reform Jewish family, I've been trying to figure this out for most of my life. We were always taught to be respectful of other religions and cultures (I have some truly scaring memories of "intolerance kills" lessons from Hebrew school featuring Holocaust documentaries and my family tree), but we were not supposed to participate. Christmas is the big battleground - no Santas or reindeer at my house. This didn't bother me that much as a kid; I used to troll my classmates by telling them I never got anything for Christmas (not strictly true) or that we didn't have a Christmas tree. Besides, as the oldest child, I got to play with fire every day for a week! This became less funny when my mom got a phone call because one of my little sisters got asked what kind of Nativity set we had and had no clue what her friend was talking about. Hearing the tales of Fiona and Alice through out the podcast reminded me just how nasty kids can be when they are sanctioned by adults who think they're endorsed by a smiling god. I won't go as far as to make the blanket statement "it gets better", but I can say that even though it's hard to be the odd kid out, the lessons they are learning now about standing by their identity will serve them well later.

  2. what was the author you recommended rather than osc? danke.

    1. If I remember correctly, we suggested Ursula K. LeGuin, one of my favorite authors and personal heroes. ~Ami