Mother! shows us what toxic forgiveness looks like in evangelical culture

Beth Caplin compares two reviews of a movie and finds something both missed.

Sarahbeth Caplin

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Conservative Christians aren’t usually fond of how Hollywood portrays them on-screen, and Mother! is no exception. In a review on Plugged In, the entertainment blog of Focus on the Family, reviewer Adam R. Holz calls it “The most scathing, contempt-filled attack upon [Christianity] that I have ever seen.”

The Humanist summarizes the plot as follows:

Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) is Mother Nature and her husband, Him (Javier Bardem), is God. Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer’s characters — we never get their names — are Adam and Eve. Harris’s Adam is overindulgent. He drinks and smokes too much (and has a wound on his right side). Pfeiffer’s Eve is lecherous and eager to know the sexual details of Mother and Him’s relationship. Him invites Adam and Eve to stay at the couple’s home — carefully cultivated by Mother, who faintly protests them staying but eventually gives in. After…

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