Movies | First Reformed tries to pass humanism off as Christian profundity
by Megan Basham
Posted 6/14/18, 02:36 pm
Paul Schrader’s new movie First Reformed (rated R for a disturbing scene of suicide) is a rare film that’s being praised far and wide for its thoughtful depiction of Christian faith. NPR hailed it as a “spiritually probing work of art.” The Washington Post described it as “a listening for God’s call.” Most intriguing, the San Francisco Chronicle called it a “seriously Christian movie.”
Except it’s not.
What it is is a movie that offers humanist philosophy masquerading as Christian profundity.