Explorations in Theology and Film: An Introduction

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Explorations in Theology and Film brings together theologians, biblical scholars, film and media specialists, and experts in language and literature to consider the potential of films contribution to contemporary Christian theological discussion. The main focus of the book is on the creative conversation between film and theology in the contemporary West, and it raises crucial questions about the interaction between theology and culture. Explorations in Theology and Film will be an invaluable resource to students...
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Overview

Explorations in Theology and Film brings together theologians, biblical scholars, film and media specialists, and experts in language and literature to consider the potential of films contribution to contemporary Christian theological discussion. The main focus of the book is on the creative conversation between film and theology in the contemporary West, and it raises crucial questions about the interaction between theology and culture. Explorations in Theology and Film will be an invaluable resource to students and those researching in the areas of theology and religion as well as media and cultural studies.
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"I can see great similarities between a church and a movie-house. Both are places for people to come together and share a common experience." Martin Scorcese, The Century of Cinema: A Person Journey

"Explorations in Theology and Film is an intriguing and worthwhile addition to the burgeoning literature on religion/theology and film." Isabel Wollaston

"This is a fine book which will become essential reading for those engaged in media studies but will also be valued by any who are interested in theology and culture." David Bridge

"A start has been made, to take seriously the dominant art form of the last hundred years, to acknowledge that it too can have a part in the theological enterprise, and for that it is to be welcomed." Tim Noble

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631203551
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/16/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312

Meet the Author

Clive Marsh lectures in theology, religious and cultural studies at the University College of Ripon and York St. John, England, and in the Biblical Studies Department of the University of Sheffield. His interests include the history of quests of the historical Jesus, and modern and contemporary systematic theology. He is currently working on a book on Christology, using art and film as resource material.

Gaye Ortiz lectures in theology, religious and cultural studies at the University College of Ripon and York St. John, England, and is a media writer and broadcaster, specializing in theology and the media. She is a member of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and a founder member of the Leeds Diocesan Media Commission. As a member of ICOC (the International Catholic Organisation for Cinema) she has served on international film festival juries, twice as jury president. Together with Stephen Brown she has co-ordinated Faith and Film for the Leeds International Film Festival.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Plates
Introduction 1
1 Film, Movies, Meanings 9
2 Film and Theologies of Culture 21
3 The Uses of Film in Theology 35
4 From Domination to Mutuality in The Piano and in the Gospel of Mark 47
5 The Drama of Salvation in George Steven's Shane 59
6 Edward Scissorhands: Christology from a Suburban Fairy-tale 73
7 Redeeming Violence in the Films of Martin Scorsese 87
8 Liberation in Awakenings 97
9 Jesus Christ Movie Star: The Depiction of Jesus in the Cinema 115
10 The Terminator Movies: Hi-Tech Holiness and the Human Condition 141
11 Stuck in Time: Kairos, Chronos, and the Flesh in Groundhog Day 155
12 Moral Ambiguity and Contradiction in Dead Poets Society 167
13 Between Eden and Armageddon: Institutions, Individuals, and Identification in The Mission, The Name of the Rose, and Priest Vaughan Roberts 181
14 The Spirituality of Shirley Valentine 193
15 Did You Say "Grace"?: Eating in Community in Babette's Feast 207
16 Optimism, Hope, and Feelgood Movies: The Capra Connection 219
17 On Systematizing the Unsystematic: A Response 235
18 Theology Beyond the Modern and the Postmodern: A Future Agenda for Theology and Film 245
Annotated Bibliography 257
Index of Biblical References 277
Film Index 279
General Index 283
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