If you’re visiting Beneath the Tangles for the first time, you may be surprised by how we focus on the unexpected convergence of Christianity and anime. However, we believe that there’s a godly value in the art form, how we approach it, and in the community that loves it. As you read our blog or visit our social media sites, it may be helpful to know more about the core beliefs from which we approach our mission. Given below, they’ll give you an idea of what we’re about and why we do what we do (please also visit our About Us page, where you can read about our mission and vision).
All of the writers on this site are followers of Christ. But for those of you who have a negative view of Christianity, we ask that for the moment, you toss aside everything you know about Christians. Throw away the hypocrisy, judgment, bullying, and hatred that you’ve encountered and see what we’re about. While we have different denominational backgrounds and varied experiences, we share most of the same critical points, including the belief that all humans are sinners in need of redemption and that God, the creator of the Universe, sent his son, Jesus, in human form to the earth where he died as an atoning sacrifice for our sins and rose from the grave, that in our belief we may be forgiven, receive the Holy Spirit, and gain eternal salvation as the gracious gift of God.
While the writers here believe that Christianity is the one and only true way, we welcome readers of all other religious beliefs (and those who don’t have a religion) to join us in conversation on the blog and our other outlets. We are respectful of all faiths and open to all beliefs and questions about our faith (or religion in general). Beneath the Tangles is meant to be a safe place for religion to be discussed without the worry of judgment or condemnation.
While humans are very capable of good works, and though they do many wonderful things in the world, we believe that within, we’re all sinners, having gone astray from God. This unholiness creates a barrier between humans and the holy and perfect God. Hell is an actual place, and it is where people are cast to be away from God’s presence. But God offers salvation through His own sacrifice, as mentioned in the Christianity section above. Part of our mission here is to deliver this message to those who are unaware, and while we cannot shy away from what the Bible declares as sin, we will minister to our audience with empathy and kindness, and hopefully in a way that conveys Christ to them, in all his truth, glory, and grace.
The writers of Beneath the Tangles take the Holy Bible as authoritative, written over thousands of years by writers inspired by God. As a collection of 66 books, scripture contains many different kinds of literature—history, poetry, and letters, to name a few, and must be read with contextual understanding. Still, it’s also one cohesive whole, and right from the first chapter through the last, tells the story of God’s love and redemption for mankind. We frequently point toward scripture in our blog posts. Other works may be taken as wisdom, but the Bible is without exception, perfect and true.
We understand that many Christians disavow anime, along with other forms of media they at best dismiss, and at worst find vile. While we’re careful to take in the wide range of sensitivities that Christians have, particularly through our recommendations, we also believe that anime can be a beautiful expression of creativity that entertains, leads us to think and act, and can tell stories that help reveal the greater story of God and humankind.
Our writers believe that it is the call of every Christian to tell others about the gospel story, or the story of God’s redemption of humankind through Jesus Christ. This website helps to tell that story through discussion of significant parts of the gospel, including the ideas of grace, sin, justification, mercy, and transformation, within posts that discuss some of our favorite anime and manga. Beneath the Tangles is a ministry as much as it is a blog.