Monday, October 27, 2003

Is "The Matrix" Gnostic or Christian?

The Matrix is neither meaningfully gnostic nor meaningfully Christian. Rather, it is simply a sci-fi action-adventure tale told in a mythic mode. While influences from both biblical motifs and pop mysticism are in evidence, the film references these sources — along with many other sources, including classical Greek culture, Lewis Carroll, and Star Wars — in a way that is of aesthetic significance, not religious.
This main purpose of website is to review movies from a Christian (and apparently Catholic) perspective, including rating them for "moral and spriritual value". This article, separate from the main review of The Matrix, is much more interesting.