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Little Advents: Looking for the Christ Figure

In an interview, Robert Farrar Capon said:

You know what’s fun? When you watch a movie, try to identify the Christ figure. I mean the figure who makes the plot work.

Now, this can become an exercise where Christians are trying to force some meaning on a film that isn’t there just to force an evangelistic message. But on the other hand, it’s often a little picture of Advent.

When we create a story and find a Christ figure, or when we watch a film or read a book and find one, it’s because we all know we need one, and we all realize we’ve been looking for one. It’s a little picture of history’s bigger painting: Advent is looking for Christ. And we find him in the strangest of places.


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