So, Annalisa and I have been binge-watching HBO’s Chernobyl since yesterday, and it is fantastic!
I spent a good portion of my study time this week reading through Carl Savage and William Presnell’s Narrative Research in Ministry, and I felt like it was outdated and bad, but I couldn’t decide if it really was or if it was just me. It felt like it was written back in the 80’s when “postmodernism” was at some kind of height. Scholars didn’t want to talk about facts, only “stories.” I just felt kind of depressed afterward and couldn’t put my finger on why.
Then we turned on Chernobyl and the opening lines were dead on:
What is the cost of lies? It’s not that we will mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that, if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all. What can we do then? What else is left but to abandon even the hope of truth and content ourselves instead with stories? In these stories, it doesn’t matter who the heroes are. All we want to know is who is to blame.
Surely even liberal scholars can’t be content with “stories” after watching our first “post-truth president” in action. There has to be something more against which we can compare and evaluate our cultural mythologies.
If you watch Chernobyl, plan to also listen to the accompanying podcast. Together, they make a kind of total art package that is just awesome.