Rabbit Hole

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Rabbit Hole is challenging, not only because of the subject—Oscar-nominated actor Nicole Kidman plays a mother grieving the death of her son—but also because it questions piety. During a group therapy scene, a religious couple dismisses the pain the others feel by blithely claiming such suffering is part of God’s plan. “Too much God-talk for me,” Kidman responds. This tough, honest movie is a reminder to first meet the grieving where they are, then gingerly point them to God.

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But why point them to God? Why not meet the grieving where they are?

That sounds like a helpful, compassionate thing to do, doesn't it?

As soon as you get to the second part of the sentence (the gingerly pointing them), then you have adopted another agenda.

I suspect that was the point the movie director was trying to get across when he or she wrote that scene.

Me again.

I just watched the trailer for the film. It's about a family who has lost a child. I guess I should have figured that out from your description, but the trailer was rather powerful and it left a stronger impression on me.

So, let me get this straight - you are actually telling your readers that if they encounter someone who is greiving on the death of their child, that they should regard that as an opportunity gingerly sell that person on your God. Is that what you are saying?

To me the word "gingerly" is code for "sneakily." This is precisely what the secular community worries about. That you appear compassionate, but your real motivation is to sell us something.

And what are you selling? a story for which there is no evidence. thanks. I'm not sure how that's helping, but thanks.

in the case of the movie chracters, you would be selling them belief in a spiritual being which is all-powerful, but either decided not to use its powers to save their child, or decided to use its powers to deliberately kill their child.

Whatever. I've said too much. Honestly, write whatever you want.

Bill,

Not sure how long your comments will stick around here, since I'm guessing this isn't really meant as a forum for debating the Christian faith (there are plenty of better places for that).

But I'd like to point out how obvious it is, even though you're trying to sound sincere, that you just want to make trouble. It's pretty hard to believe you so completely missed the point of the review, which is that death is NOT an occasion to come on with a heavy-handed conversion attempt.

But then again, you also completely missed where it said "a mother grieving the death of her son" ... so maybe you still just haven't actually read the entire article yet?

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