Cinema & The Arts as Sermons: Arrival Explained (Language and Beauty)


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In this excellent video from Logos Made Fresh we are treated to an comprehensive and insightful analysis of the movie Arrival.

Heptapod for Human

Arrival was more than a movie about aliens it was about being human, it was about Time.

As Christians we should have a better understanding about our humanity and the Time God has placed us in.

Our lives are brief and our fate for eternity is at stake. And so are the souls of all other people.

The question is asked: "What is Your Purpose?"

We all want to know why we are here, what our purpose is, and where will we go when we die?

Like other films with deep intellectual and spiritual meanings "Arrival" must be seen several times to understand the many levels of thought.


The Heptapod Language invention itself is an amazing thing. Kudos to "Director Denis Villeneuve began working on the science fiction movie Arrival, he and his team turned to real-life computer scientists Stephen and Christopher Wolfram to bring authentic science to the big screen. Christopher specifically was tasked with analyzing and writing code for a fictional nonlinear visual language. On January 31, he demonstrated the development process he went through in a livecoding event you can watch on YouTube." from the article below.

Read this article about the creators of the Heptapod Language: Analyzing and Translating an Alien Language: Arrival, Logograms and the Wolfram Language

We as human beings are created, we have beginning and our bodies have an end. Time ( All of the many things it encompasses) was put into motion. Our lives are lived out on a line (of time) in a linear fashion, past, present and future. The concept of the Heptapods is that they exist in a circular way we cannot understand. This reveals aspects and events in time that are past and future.

If we consider that God the Father sees all of creation from beginning to end in a constant manner, a flash, God knows all and sees all, we have a glimpse of what the Heptapods might experience.

God created the First Language which Adam learned and he and the Pre-incarnate Christ communicated through. All language originates with God. The human ingenuity in things like this movie and the creation of a new concept of language and thought is a perfect example of the gifts we are given by our Lord.

But when we contemplate time and determinism as sinful, finite images of God we glimpse realities we cannot begin to understand. Our "Being" in this world is miraculous and the world, cosmos and creation in general both seen and unseen no doubt include creatures and entities beyond our cognitive ability to understand.

Language, time perception are among the many things the writer of the short story Ted Chiang and director Denis Villeneuve developed extensively.

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"The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is the linguistic theory that the semantic structure of a language shapes or limits the ways in which a speaker forms conceptions of the world. It came about in 1929. The theory is named after the American anthropological linguist Edward Sapir (1884–1939) and his student Benjamin Whorf (1897–1941). It is also known as thetheory of linguistic relativity, linguistic relativism, linguistic determinism, Whorfian hypothesis, and Whorfianism." from the article The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis Linguistic Theory


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Arrival is a movie you should see multiple times, there is much wisdom to be gleaned.

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