Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark Driscoll
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
There are literally hundreds of books out there on marriage. I think it is likely because no one really has the silver bullet to kill marital strife or even the day-to-day doldrums that every married person experiences. Then comes along Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife Grace with their crack at it, appropriately titled Real Marriage. I was eager to get my hands on this one in particular of Driscoll’s other books because this is a topic that he is both most noted and most criticized for.
The Driscolls tackle everything from the importance of being friends with your spouse to what kind of sex acts are permissible according to the Bible. Most of the book is rather basic, although Mark has gotten much press for being willing to talk about things like oral and anal sex as well as birth control methods from the pulpit. In an age where many from recent generations have not had an opportunity to talk about sex and marriage with Christian parents, it is good that someone is picking up the slack from a biblical perspective.
Year One is a film that is resplendent with elements from the book of Genesis. Characters such as Adam, Cain, Able, and Abraham take the screen in settings such as the Garden of Eden complete with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the ancient Canaanite countryside, and the city of Sodom. Yet, don’t get fooled: this is not a Biblical film.
No doubt it would be very easy to criticize this movie and say that it was not accurate and therefore should be boycotted and banned. Recent history has only shown that banning tends to bring attention to the subject of the boycott. So let’s take a different look at it.
Even if you choose not to see the film (which I am certainly not encouraging), it can prove to be an interesting point of conversation with our culture. The arch of the story has the main character (Jack Black) eating of the Tree and ultimately becoming the hero of the story by saving the city of Sodom from a famine as well as gods of all kinds, specifically by proving that he could enter the “holy of holies” and by killing the high priest. The reputation of Sodom in the movie is the same as that of Sodom in the Bible, which is prized as a proper and worthy way to live.