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There are three themes that I have extracted from this film that are good for group discussions or just a normal exposition of some key texts. (We tend to watch the film in its entirity and then have a guided discussion.)

As an introduction: Transformers is one of those classic growing up stories that involves a lad called Sam Witwinky. Sam is a noraml kid who likes to skate, bmx and really only seems to have a dog for companionship. The beginning of the story features Sam turn from the boy with the dog to the boy with the car, then boy chasing the girl. It is at this point that the film gets interesting as the plot follows many that have come before it – an awakening to something that exists that is far greater than himself. It follows lots of films in this regard: Lord of the Rings has the Hobbit called Frodo who discovers that there is something bigger than what is in the shire; in Star Wars Luke Skywalker discovers that there is something outside of his home planet of Tatooine; in the Matrix (possibly the most over Christianized film of all time) it was Neo who, once he had taken pill was awoken to a a different reality. etc etc. That there is more to the world around us than what we see is a common theme. Inciently, can I add at this point that I don’t see any corrleation between Optimus Prime & Jesus. There are a few web sites out there that try to put Optimus Primes as a Messiah figure, however it should be noted that without proper Biblical exposition this can lead to some heretical teaching because at one point he calls Megatron (evidently the Satan figure) “my brother” – good for Jehovah Witness but not for Christians.

So, my three themes for discussion (and they are all based on quotes from the film):

Theme 1: Guardian Protectors

Quote: “We live amongst its people now. Hiding in plain site watching over them in secret” – Optimus Prime.

Questions for discussion:
What does the Bible have to say about those that live amongst us? What does it say about things that are unseen, that are “more than meet the eye”. How are Christians to respond to this truth?

Bible references to read & discuss:
2 Kings 6:8-18; Ephesians 6:10-12; Rev 12:7-9; 2 Cor 10:4; Job 4:18-19; 2 Pet 2:4-11; 2 Chronicles 32:7; Psalm 3:6

Theme 2: Right of Freedom

Quote: “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings” – Optimus Prime.

Questions for discussion: What does the Bible say about freedom? How are Christians to respond to spiritual freedom?

Bible references to read & discuss:
Psalm 107:14; Psalm 116:16; Psalm 146:7; Romans 8:2; Galatians 5:13, 1 Corinthians 8:9, 1 Pet 2:16, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 6:6-8

Theme 3: Revealed Truth

Quote: “When you look back in 50 years don’t you want to be able to say that you had the guts to get into the car?” – Sam Witwinky

Questions for discussion: a theme that repeats throughout the film is revealed truth. For example when Sam first encounters the car it is the car that opens the door. That repeats that a number of times throughout the film and Sam is confronted by the revealed truth and then forced to make a decision based on that truth. What does the Bible say about revealed truth? What is it? What does the Bible say to do with that truth?

Bible references to read & discuss:
Acts 3:22-26 John 18:37;  Romans 3:4; 1 Kings 18:21; Proverbs 23:23

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3 thoughts on “Film & Theology: Transformers

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