9552Re: Lawfulness of theater (The Act, Declaration & Testimony in error?)
- Jan 2, 2004You raise some good questions. Some of these are addressed at the
Movie Review Section of Puritan News Weekly at:
Let me **briefly** give my views on them below:
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> 1. Acting is in itself intrinsically and formally an act of devilno
> 2. All things originating from influence or ideas of pagans /no
> heretics are inherently formally and always pagan / heretical
> 3. Acting is not formally devil worship, but is inherently sinfulyes
> 4. Acting is not pagan per se, but doing it or viewing it forIt is sinful to be a stage-actor ("hypocrite"), and thus it is sinful
> entertainment is inherently pagan
to be entertained by stage-actors.
> If you agree with any of the propositions 1-4, it would probably be
> helpful to clarify how you would define the term "acting" and
> or how you distinguish it from children playing house or with toys,I do not think it is wholesome for children to play "cops and
> police / military / emergency training scenarios, or historical re-
> enactments for educational purposes.
robbers" or "Roundheads versus Cavaliers", because someone has to
imitate the wicked, which is not good.
With regards to some other things you mention, there is a clear
distinction between practicing something (e.g., in emergency fire
drills) and stage-acting. Practicing a skill is not only acceptable,
it is prudent.
- Parnell McCarter
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