For the Bible Tells Me So (Film Review)
October 21, 2009 14:39
For the Bible Tells Me So
Ken Wilber and David Riordan
Welcome to our second Future of Christianity documentary film review, featuring Ken Wilber and David Riordan. This week we are reviewing Daniel Karslake's For the Bible Tells Me So, the winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, as well as a Sundance Film Festival selection.
A provocative documentary, For the Bible Tells Me So attempts to reconcile homosexuality and biblical scripture while exploring whether Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias might be based entirely upon a misinterpretation of the Bible's original text.
Dan offers this exploration through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families—including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and the first openly gay Episcopal Bishop, Gene Robinson. We watch how these families of faith relate to the realization of having a gay child. This process is informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, and Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg.
Dan's stated intention with this film is to offer healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the cross-hairs of Christian scripture and their sexual identity. Join us as we explore this film's perspective on gay rights, same sex relationships and the role of the Christian church in today's world.