With so many Christian-themed Hollywood films set to release in the coming months, some are declaring 2014 “the year of the Bible.” While many of these movies will deal overtly with religious themes, one college professor is claiming that “Frozen,” Disney’s most recent animated feature, contains a more covert Christian allegory worth highlighting.
Collin Garbarino, assistant history professor at Houston Baptist University, has said he sees parallels between Dante’s “Inferno” and the central themes and story line present in “Frozen.” In fact, in a recent article about the subject, he wrote, “Disney’s ‘Frozen’ might be the most Christian movie that I have seen this year.”
Garbarino also believes that Jesus’ sacrifice for humanity’s sins is mirrored, to a degree, in the film. To illustrate his points during an interview with Fox News over the weekend, the professor first explained the central tenets of Christianity.
“The Christian message is that people are sinners and have these broken relationships and that Christ comes and takes on the punishment for that sin, dies a death that he didn’t deserve, and then is resurrected and then brings reconciliation through people,” he said.
Then, Garbarino proceeded to explain that Elsa, the main character in “Frozen,” experiences a similar paradigm when it comes to her relationship with her sister Anna.
“In the movie, Elsa has broken relationships and she has guilt and she pushes people away — and her sister is sort of like a Christ figure who pursues her,” the professor continued. “Christ comes and pursues and Anna comes and pursues — and when she pursues her she has to die and then she’s resurrected, which kind of proves the strength of her love and it brings reconciliation and Elsa is saved because her sister dies.”
SOURCE: Billy Hallowell