Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…
– Hebrews 12:1
If you’ve just stumbled upon this site, you may be wondering if this is some sort of joke, some ironic take on religion. After all, can we seriously be looking for Christianity in anime? There’s no reasonable intersection between the two, right?
It’s true that there’s very little intentional overlap between Christianity and anime. Thankfully, that’s not what our site is all about. When an individual is born-again, s/he begins to see God’s story of redemption everywhere – in nature, in relationships, even in media. Paraphrasing Timothy Keller, for the Christian, every story has two stories – the one the author tells and one that reflects the gospel message in some way. Anime is no different.
We invite you to join us on our journey as we look at anime through a Christian lens, and Christianity through anime and manga. We hope to create a safe community at Beneath the Tangles, one where we can explore and question spirituality and religion as we chat about anime, and where people of all faiths (or none at all) feel welcomed and are eager to engage in discussion.
Beneath the Tangles is a blog that seeks to demonstrate the connection between anime (and related media) and religion from a Christian perspective.
In order to accomplish this mission, Beneath the Tangles will foster an open community where Christians and non-Christians alike can engage in conversation about the intersection of anime, related Japanese media, and belief, support Christian endeavors either in Japan and overseas or via the exploration of anime and related Japanese-style media, and accomplish all of this through a central blog, in combination with its various social media, which provides quality articles on a regular basis.
Get Plugged In
If you’re not sure where to start, please visit this post, which tells what we purpose to do. Alternately, here’s a sampling of some posts which which show what we do on this blog:
- Hourou Musuko and a Prayer from the Heart
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica 07: From Adam to Jesus
- Burn, O My Cosmos! Comrades At Arms and Fighting the Good Fight in Saint Seiya
- Anime Today: Sharing Anime with Family
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