You’ll find no shortage of articles talking about “The Gospel According to [Insert Popular Franchise Title Here].”
New takes on classics like C. S. Lewis’s Narnia and J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings make for easy pitches. But you’ll find plenty of evangelical pieces doing this with the Harry Potter series, various Marvel films, Game of Thrones, the new Barbie movie—and yes, even Twilight. Earlier this month, Rick Warren’s church made the news for their pastors cosplaying while presenting a Toy Story sermon series.
All these evangelical engagements beg the question: Should Christians comb through popular films and novels trying to find parallels between these and the gospel narrative? Or does this approach become tiresome or even lead to danger?