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Saint Paul Returns to the Movies

Author : Robert Jewett
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After an illuminating chapter on the relation of honor, shame, and grace in Paul and in the modern cinema, Jewett explores these themes as they are depicted in the films "The Prince of Tides, Babette's Feast, Forrest Gump, Mr. Holland's Opus, Groundhog Day, Babe, Edge of the City, The Firm, Unforgiven", and "Shawshank Redemption".

Saint Paul at the Movies

Author : Robert Jewett
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Star Wars, Amadeus, A Separate Place, Tender Mercies, Grand Canyon, Tootsie, Ordinary People, Empire of the Sun, Pale Rider, Red Dawn, and Dead Poets Society--all these movies show concern for deep human issues also treated in the Bible. The films provide evidence that many of the apostle Paul's themes in his New Testament letters are relevant for today. Contemporary movies, according to Robert Jewett, influence many Americans more than their formal education or religious training. And, since Paul interpreted the gospel on other people's turf, Jewett believes that today his forum would involve the movies, a primary source of discovering and debating important moral, cultural, and religious issues. Jewett treats film and biblical passages with equal respect. He brings their ideas and metaphors into relationship so that new insights emerge about both the ancient texts and the American cultural situation.

Saint Paul at the Movies

Author : Robert Jewett
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Saint Paul in the Movies

Author : Stephen J. Hodermarsky
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Hearing a Film Seeing a Sermon Preaching and Popular Movies

Author : Timothy B. Cargal
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Movies and Midrash

Author : Wendy I. Zierler
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Brings popular cinema and Jewish religious texts into a meaningful dialogue. Movies and Midrash uses cinema as a springboard to discuss central Jewish texts and matters of belief. A number of books have drawn on films to explicate Christian theology and belief, but Wendy I. Zierler is the first to do so from a Jewish perspective, exploring what Jewish tradition, text, and theology have to say about the lessons and themes arising from influential and compelling films. The book uses the method of “inverted midrash”: while classical rabbinical midrash begins with exegesis of a verse and then introduces a mashal (parable) as a means of further explication, Zierler turns that process around, beginning with the culturally familiar cinematic parable and then analyzing related Jewish texts. Each chapter connects a secular film to a different central theme in classical Jewish sources or modern Jewish thought. Films covered include The Truman Show (truth), Memento (memory), Crimes and Misdemeanors (sin), Magnolia (confession and redemption), The Descendants (birthright), Forrest Gump (cleverness and simplicity), and The Hunger Games (creation of humanity in God’s image), among others. “This is a groundbreaking work of originality, insight, and high quality. It will be of great importance not only for Jewish readers but also for non-Jewish readers who long for a non-Christian perspective on popular film. I loved this book!” — Eric Michael Mazur, editor, Encyclopedia of Religion and Film

Finding St Paul in Film

Author : Richard Walsh
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Paul goes to the movies and finds himself, Zelig-like, in many contemporary films.

Paul Tillich and the Possibility of Revelation Through Film

Author : Jonathan Brant
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This study explores the possibility that even films lacking religious subject matter might have a religious impact upon their viewers. It begins with a reading of Paul Tillich's theology of revelation through culture and continues with a qualitative research project assessing the experiences of filmgoers in Latin America.

Art Cinema and Theology

Author : Justin Ponder
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This book examines postmodern theology and how it relates to the cinematic style of Robert Bresson, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Ingmar Bergman, and Luis Buñuel. Ponder demonstrates how these filmmakers forefront religious issues in their use of mise en scène. He investigates both the technical qualities of film “flesh” and its theological features. The chapters show how art cinema uses sound, editing, lighting, and close-ups in ways that critique doctrine’s authoritarianism, as well as philosophy’s individualism, to suggest postmodern theologies that emphasize community. Through this book we learn how the cinematic style of modernist auteurs relates to postmodern theology and how the industry of art cinema constructs certain kinds of film-watching subjectivity.

Reel Spirituality

Author : Robert K. Johnston
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Guides the serious Christian moviegoer into theological conversation with the movies. This second edition cites an additional 200 movies and includes new film photos.

Bible and Cinema Fifty Key Films

Author : Adele Reinhartz
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Movies which have drawn inspiration from the Bible, either directly or indirectly, have been extremely popular since the earliest days of cinema. Bible and Cinema: Fifty Key Films introduces a wide range of those movies, which are among the most important, critically-acclaimed and highest-grossing films of all time, including: The King of Kings Ben-Hur The Passion of the Christ Frankenstein Close Encounters of the Third Kind 2001: A Space Odyssey Apocalypse Now Monty Python's Life of Brian. Written by a team of international scholars, the fifty entries discuss the Biblical stories, characters or motifs depicted in each film making this book the ideal guide for anyone interested in the long-standing relationship between the Bible and film.

Celebrating Romans

Author : Sheila E. McGinn
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This book brings international Christian scholars together to celebrate Robert Jewettbs lifelong interest in Romans by reviewing -- and significantly advancing -- five fruitful approaches to Paulbs most influential work. James D. G. Dunn, Jeffrey B. Gibson, and Graydon F. Snyder show where the bnew approachb to Pauline theology elucidates and corrects earlier theological appropriations of the letter to the Romans. William S. Campbell, James D. Hester, and Wilhelm Wuellner illustrate different models of rhetorical criticism. Peter Lampe and Carolyn Osiek show what can be gained by a social-historical approach to Romans. Sheila E. McGinn, Elsa Tamez, and Pamela Thimmes demonstrate how a feminist hermeneutic clarifies key texts from Romans and challenges the interpretive tradition. Keith Augustus Burton, Lareta Halteman Finger, and L. D. Hurst create a conversation between Paulbs letter and contemporary culture. An introduction provides context for these chapters by offering a helpful overview of recent trends in New Testament scholarship that are pertinent to Pauline studies, particularly the study of Romans. The authors, all established teachers in academic and church settings, recognize the need for analyses of the Bible that are substantial and scholarly but also intelligible to nonspecialists. The essays in "Celebrating Romans" will challenge the thinking of students and scholars alike, illuminating diverse methods of biblical analysis and fostering a deeper appreciation for and engagement with this crowning literary achievement of the apostle to the Gentiles. Contributors: Robert Atkins Keith Augustus Burton William S. Campbell James D. G. Dunn Lareta HaltemanFinger Jeffrey B. Gibson James D. Hester Frank W. Hughes L. D. Hurst Peter Lampe Sheila E. McGinn Carolyn Osiek Graydon F. Snyder Elsa Tamez Pamela Thimmes Wilhelm Wuellner K. K. Yeo

Hermeneutic Humility and the Political Theology of Cinema

Author : Sean Desilets
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This book revisits the tradition of Western religious cinema in light of scholarship on St. Paul’s political theology. The book’s subtitle derives from the account in the Book of Acts that St. Paul was temporarily blinded in the wake of his conversion on the road to Damascus. In imitation of Paul, the films on which Sean Desilets’s analysis hinges (including those of Carl-Th. Dreyer, Robert Bresson, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Carlos Reygadas) place a god-blind mechanism, the camera, between themselves and the divine. Desilets calls the posture they adopt "hermeneutic humility": hermeneutic in that it interprets the world, but humble in that it pays particular—even obsessive—attention to its own limits. Though these films may not consciously reflect Pauline theology, Desilets argues that they participate in a messianic-hermeneutic tradition that runs from Paul through St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, Karl Barth, and Walter Benjamin, and which contributes significantly to contemporary discussions in poststructuralist literary theory, political theology, and religious studies. Desilets’s insightful explication of Jean-Luc Nancy’s deconstruction of Christianity and Georgio Agamben’s recent work on religion makes a substantial contribution to film philosophy and emerging critical trends in the study of religion and film. This book puts forward a nuanced theoretical framework that will be useful for film scholars, students of contemporary political theology, and scholars interested in the intersections of religion and media.

Reel Spirituality Engaging Culture

Author : Robert K. Johnston
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Increasingly, thinking Christians are examining the influential role that movies play in our cultural dialogue. Reel Spirituality successfully heightens readers' sensitivity to the theological truths and statements about the human condition expressed through modern cinema. This second edition cites 200 new movies and encourages readers to ponder movie themes that permeate our culture as well as motion pictures that have demonstrated power to shape our perceptions of everything from relationships and careers to good and evil. Reel Spirituality is the perfect catalyst for dialogue and discipleship among moviegoers, church-based study groups, and religious film and arts groups. The second edition cites an additional 200 movies and includes new film photos.

I Will Repay

Author : Dennis Oh
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How can Christianity continue to rejoice over a redemption that came at the cost of the violent suffering and death of Jesus Christ? In the wake of increasing revulsion toward oppression and abuse—both historic and contemporary—traditionally Protestant and evangelical theology is in the precarious position of defending one of its cardinal doctrines amidst a host of compelling critiques and alternatives. In I Will Repay, Dennis Oh explores how soteriology rooted in Scripture and resonant with tradition can also be conversant with the cinematic experience offered by popular films. It proposes a narrative reenvisioning of the mechanism of atonement that both supports and extends traditional theological categories and vocabularies while retaining the cross-centered conviction of an evangelical gospel.

Media Mindfulness

Author : Gretchen Hailer
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Whether you are a Catholic high school teacher of any discipline, a catechist, or a youth minister, feel confident that you can educate teens in one of the most difficult yet crucial areas of their growth in faith. Beware! Sister Media and Sister Catechist have written an information-packed resource that also shares their sense of fun and exploration. You and your students might consider this study of Media Mindfulness to be one of the most enjoyable and meaningful educational experiences in high school!

Faith and Film

Author : Edward N. McNulty
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Growing numbers of church leaders are discovering that many films are able to impact viewers with gospel truths almost as well as a good sermon. Ed McNulty, a former pastor and longtime reviewer of films, offers this guide to help church leaders enter into dialogue with contemporary films. McNulty carefully crafts a theology of movies and then provides practical suggestions for creating and leading movie discussions with groups. In addition, he provides people from all across the theological spectrum with a framework to understand whether the overall message of a film outweighs concerns over profanity, violence, or sex in the film. He concludes by introducing twenty-seven films and including provocative questions about each that will prepare leaders to assemble and facilitate a group. Popular films explored include The Color Purple; Crash; Hotel Rwanda; The Matrix; Million Dollar Baby; O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Shawshank Redemption.

Film as Religion

Author : John C. Lyden
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Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003 Film as Religion argues that popular films perform a religious function in our culture. Like more formal religious institutions, films can provide us with ways to view the world and values to confront it. Lyden contends that approaches which interpret films only ideologically or theologically miss the mark in understanding their appeal to viewers. He develops an alternative method which shows how films can be understood as representing a “religious” worldview in their own right. Lyden surveys the state of the study of religion and film, offering an overview of previous methods before presenting his own. Rather than seeking to uncover hidden meanings in film detectable only to scholars, Lyden emphasizes how film functions for its audiencesᾹthe beliefs and values it conveys, and its ritual power to provide emotional catharsis. He includes a number of brief cases studies in which he applies this method to the study of film genres—including westerns and action movies, children's films, and romantic comedies—and individual films from The Godfather to E.T., showing how films can function religiously.

The Bloomsbury Companion to Religion and Film

Author : William L. Blizek
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Originally published as the The Continuum Companion to Religion and Film, this Companion offers the definitive guide to study in this growing area. Now available in paperback, the Bloomsbury Companion to Religion and Film covers all the most pressing and important themes and categories in the field - areas that have continued to attract interest historically as well as topics that have emerged more recently as active areas of research. Twenty-nine specifically commissioned essays from a team of experts reveal where important work continues to be done in the field and provide a map of this evolving research area. Featuring chapters on methodology, religions of the world, and popular religious themes, as well as an extensive bibliography and filmography, this is the essential tool for anyone with an interest in the intersection between religion and film.

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film

Author : John Lyden
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Going beyond overtly religious or religion-themed movies, this companion introduces analysis of religious influences to be found in a broad range of mainstream productions & deploys a range of methodologies, including psychoanalytical, theological, & feminist approaches & audience reception.