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Re: Christian Hero Stories As the Teaching of Christian Morality
« on: November 01, 2018, 08:08:08 pm »
For example, the many John Wayne Westerns ran from The Big Trail of 1930 to The Searchers of 1956.

Clint Eastwood played the role of Ramrod  Rowdy Yates in the western TV series, Rawhide,   that ran  from 1959 to 1965. 

Eastwood played roles in several Western movies, such as Star in the Dust (1956),  Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958), The Magnificent Stranger (1967), Hang ‘Em High (1968), Paint Your Wagon (1969, Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), and he played major roles in other Westerns, including Unforgiven (1992).

Eastwood was the star in several   Spaghetti Westerns,  Fistful of dollars (1964), For A Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966).

He directed and was also in other Western films, such as
    High Plains Drifter (1973)
    The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
    Bronco Billy (1980)
    Pale Rider (1985)
    Unforgiven (1992).

The Outlaw Josey Wales, of 1976 is a classic movie.

But by 1989 Robert Duvall, in the Lonesome Dove film  series, based upon the 1985 novel by Larry McMurtry   the first  book of the Lonesome Dove series, plays a Texan in a story which departs from the Christian hero story formula.  The Lonesome Dove series does retain the traditional Western story formula  characterization and physical settings.

I think at the time they were made and for a few years afterward, they were a way to educate people as to what the Old West was like. The Lawlessness,etc. etc.abounded. Very seldom was GOD mentioned and the right and wrong was dependent upon who was taking away from whom. 

One scene I remember in Chisum with John Wayne. He was answering Mr. Pepper about Law, God and whether it had not been there. John told Him and I am paraphrase:'when people settle in a place, they sooner or later bring the law with them and sooner or later they find out God had already been there.

Nothing for morality here but I thought that was an interesting point of view as it was not a Evolutionist statement which was the Prevalent thinking of that period of time.

1 Cor 15:3-4.."For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Acts 17:11.."These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."


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