#041 – Fury and the Anti-War Film

#041 – Fury and the Anti-War Film

On this episode of the Reel World Theology Podcast:


Arguably appropriate that on Veteran’s Day we are talking about a movie that brings the reality of war and the horrors endured by those who served to the forefront. From heroism and sacrifice to doing what other people will not, Fury strides both sides of the pro/anti war conversation. If that wasn’t enough fodder for conversation, the film also gets us on the topic of God’s Justice, Shia LaBouf’s conversion, and, well, the fact that the movie is actually pretty darn good. Be warned: there also may be an overabundance of tank puns.


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Reel World Theology #041 – Fury and the Anti-War Film
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This weeks’ panel included Wade Bearden and Joshua Crabb.

Wade Bearden (@WadeHance)
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Joshua Crabb (@JorshCrebb)
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Podcast Notes and Links:


Fury on IMDB

Fury on Rotten Tomatoes

Inside the Metal Box: Fury Goes Where Most War Films Won’t at Christ and Pop Culture

Fury‘s Director Explains Films Theology at Relevant

Shia LaBouf’s Profession of Faith at World Mag

The Violence of History at Patheos

Fury Review at Reel Spirituality

Fury Review: Alternate Take at Reel Spirituality

Fury Review at Christianity Today


Here is the reason I feel war movies hit home with me / us, no matter if we are pro-war, anti-war, pacifist, (there are no positive antonyms to pacifist). We are all at war. Spiritual war. Sometimes that gets lost or overlooked in church, prayer and daily life. But war is raging all around us. This hit me after one of the many marathons of watching Band of Brothers. I was saddened that I did not have that camaraderie with my friends as brother soldiers do from shared experiences. I felt my family had’t done much in fighting for our freedoms and values, because none had served. Than I saw it all in a different light my parents were pastors and than missionaries. Many of my uncles and cousins are pastors. My grandpa spent the beginning of every day of his life on his knees, and I knew he was fighting for us all. My whole family was serving in the largest war we are ever going to see. Everyday we are fighting battles. I seem to lose more than win, but the war isn’t over. I’m no saying we Christians need to be gung-ho militaristic, please no not that, we can not be that way. However we do need to realize that we are fighting a war. Its a Spiritual war and because we can not physically see it, we seem to forget it rages on. We perhaps need to alter our view from sitting in pews singing hymns and all is peaceful, and look beyond the walls of the church and see one hell of a battle being waged by forces we can not see. I hope I do not come off hokey or as a debbie downer.

No, I think that is a great point. When you take the war metaphor and apply it to the non-physical you completely change the dynamic of the conversation for me. I certainly no longer come off as a pseudo pacifist. But either way, I love your point about the desire to have “brothers in arms” in your life. I think one of the reasons war movies hit home for me is because I don’t think it should take a conflict to be able to bond that deeply with the people in your life. We are all on mission. We all need to be pulled out of the mud.

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