Mark Driscoll on Avatar
I have now actually seen Avatar. Can’t say I really disagree with Mark here on the spiritual side of things. Spiritually, I would characterize Avatar as repackaged gnosticism having also shades of process theology and pantheism. The film is not merely spiritual, it is also political and in its politik, it is a full-frontal attack on Western Imperialism and American hegemony. I would be hesitant to equate Western Imperialism with the cultural mandate (to do so would be wrong and dangerous). Politically, I think the film is more of an attack on Western Imperialism/Colonialism than the cultural mandate.