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This study for adults on the movie New Moon in the Twilight series will focus on depression and community, the difficulty of distinguishing good from evil, and the concepts of losing one's soul and gaining redemption, all approached from a sound Christian perspective.
New Moon

A Study for Adults

Publication Date:
5/26/2010
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Adult Study, Adult Study
Product Number:
TC0471

The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer has become a phenomenon on par with Harry Potter. Across the United States, movie theaters have been flooded with screaming, crying, applauding, and giggling girls (and often their boyfriends or parents), all enthralled in a love story that has been compared to Romeo and Juliet. While there are many themes in this film that affect young people and concern their parents, such as teenage depression, body image, risk-taking behavior, and abusive relationships (for more information on these see the Thoughtful Christian youth and parenting studies for this movie), this movie can also be placed in conversation with the Christian tradition and brings up some provocative questions for adults.

New Moon presents us with an idea of what it might be like if we were to dive in to a relationship head first, not knowing what the future might hold, all for the sake of the love of someone who could change us forever. There is something about this kind of love that pulls at our hearts. To be loved enough that someone would wait one hundred years to be with you. To be loved in spite of yourself and the sinfulness that you harbor. To be loved enough to want to be transformed so that you are like the one you love and can spend eternity with him or her.

The goal of this session is to place the movie in conversation with the Christian tradition as it relates to true love, eternal life, and risk-taking behavior. We'll also focus on the darker side of obsessive love, focusing on depression and community, the difficulty of distinguishing good from evil, and the concepts of losing one's soul and gaining redemption.

Katherine M. Douglass is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a doctoral candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary studying the educational ministry of the church. She recently served as the Associate Pastor for Youth with her husband, John, at The American Protestant Church: An International Congregation in Bonn, Germany.


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