The Fiery Serpent: A
by John Merrill
by John Merrill
Theater is the expression of human emotion conveyed to the world in a form that each individual can relate the emotions to their own lives in a very personal way. This is how I have always viewed the theater arts. Kuritz has a view that builds on that principal of a personal connection with an external sensation to an internal meaning. Specifically Kuritz is talking about the connection of the Arts and how God works in each of us. He believes that theater and movies is a way for us to better connect with the kingdom of god. There is the use of knowledge, beauty, truth, goodness, in theater that combines the external work of God to the internal faith and understanding of God.
The theme that binds this book together is the “Fiery Serpent” which is, for those of you who went to Sunday school less than I did a reference to the staff that Moses had. This staff was a response to the attack of poisonous snakes that God sent the wayward Israelites who began worshiping false gods. Many of us have seen this image recreated on many medical emblems. This symbol of healing has dominated western culture since biblical times. In Kuritz’ book he uses the parody of the external object with the internal meaning to produce a new found understanding and love for God.
does a great job of not running off on a tangent of Fundamentalist
views on the
use of theater and film but simply explains the dynamic relationship of
theater arts to a person understands and how god can be ever-present in
creation. Kuritz ties the book up with the “Working Christian Theater
and how a modern Christian thespian, which by the way I am, can better
God through the use of theater, even if it does not seem to be directly
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