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Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture Paperback – Poster Calendar, February 1, 2007
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Romanowski goes about defending his claim in a very engaging way. He speaks of modern day Christians who propose to shun all `evil' things such as movies, rock music and dancing, yet they are just as immersed in popular culture as the next person, only in the form of a ghettoized Christian subculture. The reality is that very few truly avoid popular culture, only prefer those elements of it which are, or appear to be sterile and safe. It is within this context that Romanowski argues for discernment. He believes strongly that this oversimplification has created Christians who have no idea how to discern good from bad, truth from error. The easiest way for evangelicals to make judgments is to simply count swear words, violent acts and sexual innuendos. Romanowski notes the Biblical mandate to cultivate: to create and tend to culture. Cultural forms, like anything else in creation, are corrupted by sin and in need of transformation, and we do a disservice to everyone when we make rigid divisions between sacred and secular. It is a sign of secularization that we would even think to label activities in God's world as secular.Read more ›
The idea that God created everything and therefore all of popular culture reflects His creation is faulty. God certainly created all the raw materials, but He didn't specifically create what people have done with those raw materials. Many things in pop culture (if not most) show a disregard of God's creation and emphasize trash for the sake of making money. This book tries to save all of those things claiming that any film, TV show, book, or musical recording can prove God's handiwork. Nice thought but it's an intellectual exercise, not reality. This line of thinking ends up praising trash for minute moments of light instead of calling it the trash it is. It also completely avoids the rare small popular culture projects that do spread God's true light to instead focus on the big-name secular entertainment shows.
The author shoves down our throat over and over the idea that pop culture should be considered "art." Wrong. It's entertainment for the purpose of making money. The author also tries to see God in movies like Pretty Woman, Brokeback Mountain, and other R-rated fare. It's wrong-headed and shows a mediocre, sin-accepting approach to who God is and what He creates.Read more ›
Christians need to recognize certain things before submersing oneself into pop culture.
The entertainment media is consumed with so much corruption and inappropriate material that it can easily make a believer stray. As Christians we have to discern what is worth partaking in. Are we being a light in this darkened world if we watch/listen to this? Are we being relatable or are we just enjoying this for the wrong reasons? People of faith need to be informed and ready to defend what they believe. It is so important to be well-rounded and knowledgeable about all different areas. The entertainment world may be the most important because it involves almost every person in society in some way. But ultimately as a Christ follower they need to be grounded and know when to draw the line.
Coming from a Christian prospective it is important to recognize the difference between popular art and entertainment because the idea of popular art was meant to be taken as an artists purpose behind work rather than its entertainment value. "Understanding the roles that contemporary popular art plays in our lives, culture, and society is central to the development of a critical approach." The arts were made to "help understand our lives and culture." So as a Christian it is important to recognize the difference before critiquing them under the same standard.Read more ›
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Eyes Wide Open provides a look at the arts of contemporary culture through the eyes of an American Christian. Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by Amun
This book gives interesting insights on how Christians should appreciate and critique popular art. Romanowski gives different approaches to popular art, identifies which approaches... Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by Darren
"Eyes Wide Open" by William Romanowski is a well done book about the vaules behind pop culture (and America) and how Christians should evaluate pop art. Read morePublished on August 11, 2010 by Angela Bennett
Romanowski's "Eyes Wide Open" was certainly an interesting read. While there were some theological points I didn't agree with in his writing, Romanowski hit the nail on the head in... Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Caitlin
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Marianna Caplan has written a series of down to earth, no nonsense books about the spiritual path and its... Read more
Romanowski does an excellent job of analyzing different facets of popular culture (movies, television, and art) through the eyes of a Christian. Read morePublished on August 24, 2008 by Barbara L. Lemaster