Bones – Hannah vs Brennan and thoughts on worldview

February 10, 2011 – 2:40 pm

This has been my first post in quite some time.  I don’t want to do one of my normal analysis type posts on the show Bones as whole just yet.  I just want to comment on one aspect, from a Christian perspective.  I know there are some morally questionable things in Bones, so this is not a wholesale approval of this show.  Just some thoughts on one aspect.  Total side note, but you can go here for one review from a Christian perspective.  They often have some good thoughts.

Anyway, in recent days I have been watching some dialog about the TV show Bones, and especially the “Hannah/Booth” relationship as opposed to the “Brennan/Booth”.  So, what occurred to me was that American society in general, and Hollywood specifically, does not seem to think that worldview is that important when considering who to marry ( or at least who to be with in a committed relationship ).

When this season first began, I honestly wanted Brennan and Booth together.  That said, I always had this feeling that, from the perspective of the worldview, they should not logically pursue anything beyond friendship.  They just don’t believe the same way.  For instance, Booth believes in God and is semi-committed to the Christian moral code.  Brennan does not believe in God, and seems to even consider it rather inferior to believe in a divine being.  Also, Booth believes in marriage, while Brennan does not.  These are just two rather major aspects of their respective worldviews that differ.  There are probably others.  Anyway, what struck me as so interesting is that no one really cared about these rather large differences.  I did not even notice them as a problem until we “met” Hannah this season.  Hannah has a much more similar worldview to Booth than Brennan does ( this may change in the episode tonight, of course ).  So, while I wanted Booth and Brennan together at the beginning of the season, I realized when we “met” Hannah that I was ignoring the worldview differences between Booth and Brennan.

Now if we take a very brief look at how fans address this issue ( see comments on http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=281526&id=19097964496#!/photo.php?fbid=10150108525874497&set=a.10150108525849497.281526.19097964496 ), we see how many people want Booth with Brennan.  So my rhetorical questions are:

  1. Why is worldview so unimportant to people in general with regards to committed romantic relationships?  People seem blind to these issues in this small case of a fictional story in Bones.  If they even notice the differences, they don’t see them as that important when compared to the rule “follow your heart”.
  2. Why does Hollywood feel that the only thing that matters when finding someone to marry is that you love each other?  I am not saying “love” is unimportant.  It is.  But love is a choice ( 1 Cor 13:1-7 ), not just an emotion.  When society in general, and Hollywood in particular, says “love” in the context of relationships, they are normally talking about some emotion, not a choice to serve someone as described in 1 Cor 13:1-7, and by our Lord’s example on the Cross ( Jn 3:16 ).

I sort of wonder how much the divorce rate is impacted by people who don’t care about worldview differences when they marry someone.  Anyway, just some thoughts motivated by the TV show Bones.  Take them for what they are worth.  If I am missing something, write a comment.  There is a lot more that could be discussed on this topic in general, or the topic as it pertains to the TV show Bones in particular.

Side issue:  Since I like Hannah for Booth so much more now then I did at the beginning of the season, I guess the actress has done a good job from my perspective.  Granted, like I said above, this might change in the episode tonight.

  1. One Response to “Bones – Hannah vs Brennan and thoughts on worldview”

  2. OK, obviously Hannah does not have as similar a worldview to Booth in Bones as I thought. We learned that a couple weeks ago when she wanted a relationship, just not marriage. But I still think my points are valid.

    By admin on Mar 10, 2011

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