Due to Covid protocols, Kenny joins Mike by phone for a virtual recording of Faithspotting as they share their thoughts about, and spot faith elements in the newest Pixar film Soul. We apologize for the less than optimum sound quality.
While Soul is perhaps the most impressive Pixar film visually, it is a complicated film that addresses age old questions, experiences, and wonder.
Soul is the most faith oriented film Pixar has yet to produce. By its name alone, it conveys a faith that life extends beyond the here and now limitations of finitude. In Soul there is the here and now, as well as the great before and the great beyond.
Faith Elements Spotted:
The understanding of soul as wholeness, that which makes life complete, is of God and connects one to God. (Genesis 2)
The place of joy in life: Joy is found in all most or all aspects of life, the big events and everyday moments. Marriage, Meals, Harvest, Sexuality, the gift of the Messiah. (Proverbs, Psalms, Song of Solomon, Genesis, Isaiah and other prophetic books.)
Similar is the Hebrew and Jewish understanding of Shalom which addresses peace, wholeness, integrity, and well being.
The New Testament echoes this call for joy and extends to heavenly as well as earthly joy. (Luke 1, 2 birth narrative, 15 Parables of lost and found,) The joy of advent and the Incarnation and gift of Christ and the return of Christ and promise of the end of time /God’s Kingdom (eschatoloy.)
The Variety of Spiritual Gifts: Persons are given different gifts, passion/spark and purpose. Each of these have value and are rooted in God and help bind together and support others. I Corinthians 12
Victor Frankl “Man’s Search For Meaning” the joy and strength purpose and meaning offer, even inthe most difficult of circumstances. For Christians hope and joy of the majesty and strength of God over those things that seem overpowering. Proverbs 19:21, 2 Samuel 23:1-4, Isaiah 61:1-3, Luke 4:16-19, Romans 8:18-30, I Corinthians 3:7-9, James 5:10-11