Is the Serpent Aronofsky’s Actual Hero in ‘Noah?’
Brian Mattson, Senior Scholar of Public Theology for the Center for Cultural Leadership, writes, “Darren Aronofsky has produced a retelling of the Noah story without reference to the Bible at all. This was not, as he claimed, just a storied tradition of run-of-the-mill Jewish ‘Midrash.’ This was a thoroughly pagan retelling of the Noah story direct from Kabbalist and Gnostic sources. To my mind, there is simply no doubt about this.” Aronofsky, Mattson says, has fooled Christians into endorsing the film. “Some readers may think I’m being hard on people for not noticing the Gnosticism at the heart of this film. I am not expecting rank-and-file viewers to notice these things. I would expect exactly what we’ve seen: head-scratching confusion. I’ve got a whole different standard for Christian leaders: college and seminary professors, pastors, and Ph.Ds. If a serpent skin wrapped around the arm of a godly Bible character doesn’t set off any alarms… I don’t know what to say.”
“Sympathy for the Devil,” by Brian Mattson. DrBrianMattson.com, March 31, 2014.