The Plugged In Show, Episode 58: Soul and Spirituality Onscreen

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We’ve almost made it.

Tonight we’ll celebrate the coming of a new year, and it’s coming none too soon. Few of us will be sorry to see 2020 go. But if there’s one thing that this old, old year of ours has encouraged us to think about, it’s what we really value in life.

It’s only fitting, then, that we close out 2020 with a look at a film that asks that very same question.

Disney/Pixar’s film Soul takes its characters—and its viewers—on a tour of some strange, existential planes, pondering the nature of life even as it challenges us to live it well. And along the way, it tromps through deeply theological ground that looks quite different from orthodox Christianity. And while Soul certainly has its share of issues that families should consider, it also gives viewers plenty of fertile ground for discussion.

So it’s only fitting that the Plugged In team discusses it—pointing out this movie’s plusses and minuses and touches on some other films that impacted us deeply, theologically speaking.

So before we turn our attention to a new year, please turn your attention to a brand new episode of The Plugged In Show. (And, of course, these links of everything we talked about there.)

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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