Critics are praising the film for what one local radio host said was “wholesome horror.” And some Christians are joining them.
I should probably be more positive about this positive portrayal of the Christian religion here, but I think the reason I am not all gaga about it is because not once in the entire story did I ever hear the name Jesus Christ appealed to. If you know me, you know I don’t like most Christian movies, so I am not calling for that kind of artificial tripe. What I mean is that in truth, the only way to battle demonic entities is going to be by faith and the power of Jesus Christ, specifically, not in “God” generically.
[…] At the end of the film they have a super that says, “The devil exists. God exists. Our destiny hinges on which one we follow.” Not bad. Kudos.
But I still got the sense from this film that it was more about magic than faith.1
- The Conjuring: Got Demons? A Little of Jesus Goes a Long Way, Brian Godawa, July 19. ↩