Sorry its taken me so long to reply - I've been without a computer for severa days and am currently on my moms
(DH says I'm an addict... that may or may not be tru
Honestly, I think that some people look for biblical references so hard that they find them in places where they weren't *meant* to be. I've come to this conclusion mostly by working with christians at YMCA camps over several years. Some people insist that LOTR is christian. Others decry it as heresy. Ditto for CSS Lewsi' Chronicles of Narnia. Really and truelly if you look hard enough you can find references to most anything anywhere you look. Doesn't mean they were *meant* to be there. Doesn't mean they matter or add *anything* to the story. And unless you were the creator/author/artist (or know them personally and they've confirmed it!), you don't *really* know one way or the other (unless of course they quote specific bible verses & cite them
I really don't think that just because I (or anyone else) doesn't pick up on 100% of all biblical references that I/we are missing anything. Nobody picks up on 100% of all references - books reference the bible, the koran, greek, roman, celtic, native american, african, hindu, etc mythologies, they reference more modern literary works - LOTR, Chronicles of Narnia, Dune, Ann of Green Gables, the Little House on the Prairie and everything in between. Nobody is going to pick up on all of it. Most people won't pick up on 10%, and just because you happen to look for (and thus pick up on) biblical/judeo/christian references doesn't mean theirs really that many more of them out there than anything else.
I don't really know where I'm going with this other than to say the insistance that christianity is *SO* important to our culture that if you aren't extremely familiar with it you *WILL* be missing out is just... not true. At least, not in my opinion. I just don't think it matters - as long as you have some semblance of an idea of what christians believe (that jesus died for peoples' sins, rose again, and went to 'heaven') I think you'll be fine. Having the same semblance of an idea of what the other major world religions believe is, IMO, equally helpful, and I just don't get the insistance that one is so vastl much more important than the others.