The Gospel of Eureka

The Gospel of Eureka

DVD - 2019
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Welcome to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a one-of-a-kind oasis in the Ozarks where Christian piety rubs shoulders with a thriving queer community. Narrated with homespun humor by Mx Justin Vivian Bond, this lushly photographed documentary spotlights the space where the town's seemingly contradictory factions intersect.
Published: New York, NY :, Kino Lorber,, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD 305.8 GOS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (73 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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Jun 05, 2019

Folks following their bliss with sincerity and dedication.

May 27, 2019

"Gospel" is from an ancient Greek word meaning "good news". After watching this documentary I'm still wondering just what is "The Gospel of Eureka"? Is it that when "tolerant" people get political power they pass laws that criminalize the sincere, if misguided, behavior of people who, for example, don't want to participate in same-sex weddings for reasons of conscience?

I voted to legalize same-sex marriage in my state in 2012 and I don't think there is a sound biblical case to be made against same-sex marriage. In other words, I think Christians should sell floral arrangements and bake cakes for same-sex weddings if they're asked to. That would be consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ as I understand it.

What I don't like is the Left using political power to shove their "tolerant" values down the throats of those who aren't "woke" enough. Yes, I know the Right did their own version of this for a long time but I didn't support that, either. And aren't we better than that?

I've read Eureka Springs Ordinance 2223 and it criminalizes discriminatory conduct with no exceptions for individual religious objections. Perhaps, it is telling that, after learning that voters affirmed the ordinance, Mayor Berry said to the TV cameras, "Everyone is welcome in Eureka ... even the Christians" and then broke into a laugh.

Some good news, that. It's actually the old, old story that being a member or ally of an oppressed group doesn't necessarily make one virtuous and that frequently when oppressed people get power they are as likely to use it to exploit or oppress others as anyone else.

The juxtaposition of the drag performances intercut with scenes from the Passion play also did not fill me with hope that Eureka Springs is a place of abundant love and mutual respect for people of diverse perspectives and ideologies. In sum, the film did not deliver on the promise implied in its title or the potential of the people featured in it.


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