I don’t think it matters whether anybody (and of course this is probably not entirely true) in “the West” takes it seriously or not, nor do I think it’s true that it’s nonsense in an atheist context (and what is metaphysical nonsense in a Christian context is probably irrelevant to a Terminator film).
However, the real reason I came here wasn’t to skim and reply to old posts but to post this:
I think anybody who has shaken their head at and dismissed Lynch as a nonsensical filmmaker (and there are plenty, I know you’re out there!) owes it to themselves to watch this. Yes, all four and a half hours of it. Those of you who enjoy Lynch in general or Twin Peaks in particular ought to watch it, too. My girlfriend watched all three seasons of Twin Peaks and Fire Walk With Me with me, but by the end she was pretty turned off by the whole thing. I am showing this to her in chunks in an effort to broaden her appreciation of Lynch as an artist and salvage the series for her in a sense, and actually she is hooked. I normally hate pop culture analysis videos, but this guy has really done his homework, and this one is very good (although some bits are shakier than others, which is understandable given the length and breadth of the thing).