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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


 hmullan    Jan 17 : 14:21
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The power of logic is too seldomly lifted up as the virtue that it is. People of faith often believe the lie that logic (and by extension truth) is incompatible with faith.

Sherlock HolmesUsing any credible measures for assessing the quality of a movie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows scores an A plus across the board. Action-packed, full of the type of wit the English are famous for, compelling cinematography that puts you convincingly in the London of the late 1800's, and a cast of actors that never remind you they are acting. But for a guy like me it is the seemingly unintended message that moves me most deeply.

The power of logic is too seldomly lifted up as the virtue that it is. People of faith often believe the lie that logic (and by extension truth) is incompatible with faith. That God is orderly and has ordered the world as a means to show himself wise and magnificent is not spoken of so much.


The lack of appreciation for logic and reason among believers should be dispelled by those of us in recovery however. One of our primary goals in recovery is to expose how little sense drug and alcohol abuse makes and how employing the reasoning God lays out in Scripture is the road to coming to our "senses." Sherlock Holmes epitomizes the analytical thinker; his problem-solving skills are unparalleled. He reasons his ways to answering very sophisticated dilemmas. 

Outreach being one of the CR Traditions and a tenet of our recovery process, we strive to help others with their own web of troubles (weaved through years of poor decisions to include, and compounded by, drug and alcohol abuse). It behooves us to sharpen our ability to reason in an effort to strengthen our personal efforts toward recovery as well as guide others we seek to help. A first step in this effort would be to recognize the value of clear and reasonable thinking. The second would be to devote time to listening and reading the works of renowned thinkers such as C.S. Lewis (might I suggest Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Abolition of Man)? These pieces of literature have made an eternal and transformative impact on my mind and sharpened immensely my ability to think clearly about all things to include the “things above” spoken of in Colossian 3:2.

Acts 17:2 speaks of the Apostle Paul’s custom of reasoning with the people “from the Scriptures.” In 1 Peter 3:15 we are implored to give the “reason” for the faith and hope we profess. This movie highlights a skill that, given more attention, would help turn the tide from us being driven by the visceral spirit of the world to us being led by a spirit of truth. Sherlock Holmes engages the heart and mind in a very entertaining and exciting way. It is time very well spent!

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