Faith, Film and Philosophy: Big Ideas on the Big Screen

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'THOSE WHO TELL STORIES RULE SOCIETY.'' PLATO.... So who today are our principal storytellers? Not philosophers, but filmmakers. For those who know both the enormous entertainment potential and the culture-shaping power of film, this book will stir mind and imagination. For great stories freight world-sized ideas, ideas worthy of contemplation and conversation. Great cinema inspires wonder. But another philosopher, Aristotle, reminds us that wonder is the true source of philosophy. So perhaps Plato or Aristotle might have a shot at ruling ...
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Overview

'THOSE WHO TELL STORIES RULE SOCIETY.'' PLATO.... So who today are our principal storytellers? Not philosophers, but filmmakers. For those who know both the enormous entertainment potential and the culture-shaping power of film, this book will stir mind and imagination. For great stories freight world-sized ideas, ideas worthy of contemplation and conversation. Great cinema inspires wonder. But another philosopher, Aristotle, reminds us that wonder is the true source of philosophy. So perhaps Plato or Aristotle might have a shot at ruling society, even today - if they took an interest in film. These fourteen essays offer wonderful reflection on classic and contemporary films following several major philosophical themes, all within the context of Christian faith: the human condition, the human mind and the nature of knowing, the moral life, and faith and religion. Citizen Kane, Big Fish, Pretty Woman, Legends of the Fall and The Bridges of Madison County contribute to an in-depth consideration of the human condition. The Truman Show, The Matrix, Being John Malkovich and It's a Wonderful Life, among others, illuminate reflection on the human mind and the nature of knowing. Looking at the moral life, contributors interact with such notable films as Pleasantville, Bowling for Columbine, Mystic River and The Silence of the Lambs. The final section pursues the theme of faith and religion traced through a number of Hong Kong martial arts films, Contact, 2001: A Space Odyssey and U2's music documentary, Rattle and Hum. A veritable film festival for all those who want to nurture the wonder of philosophical inquiry and the love of Christian theology through an engagement with big ideas on the big screen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458735768
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/29/2009
  • Edition number: 16
  • Pages: 594
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Douglas Geivett is professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. His previous books include Evil and the Evidence for God (Temple University Press) and (coedited with Brendan Sweetman) Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology (Oxford University Press).

James S. Spiegel is a professor of philosophy and religion at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He is the author of Hypocrisy (Baker), How to Be Good in a World Gone Bad (Kregel) and The Benefits of Providence (Crossway). Spiegel is active in many professional organizations and runs a music recording studio, where he records his own music and others'.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     7
Introduction   James S. Spiegel     9
The Human Condition
The Citizen Kane Mutiny: What Hollywood Knows and Will Never Admit About Life, Love and Human Relationships   James F. Sennett     21
Story-Shaped Lives in Big Fish   Kelly James Clark     37
Defining Love Through the Eye of the Lens: Romance, Sex and the Human Condition in Pretty Woman, Legends of the Fall and The Bridges of Madison County   Greg Jesson     52
Mind and Knowledge
Escaping into Reality: What We Can Learn from The Truman Show About the Knowledge Enterprise   R. Douglas Geivett     71
The Sleeper Awakes: Gnosis and Authenticity in The Matrix   David P. Hunt     89
Consciousness, Memory and Identity: The Nature of Persons in Three Films by Charlie Kaufman   Gregory E. Ganssle     106
What Would Have Been and What Could Be: Counterfactuals in It's a Wonderful Life and Run Lola Run   James S. Spiegel     122
The Moral Life
Liberation Through Sensuality: Cinematic Moral Vision in an Age of Feeling   Dallas Willard     141
From a Society of Fear to a Community of Trust: Moving Beyond Bowling for Columbine   Sara L. H. Shady     157
Vengeance, Forgiveness and Redemption in Mystic River   Caroline J. Simon     173
Moral Monsters: Horror's Indispensable Need for Good and Evil   Ronald K. Tacelli, S.J.     190
Faith and Religion
Religion and Science in Contact and 2001: A Space Odyssey   Brendan Sweetman     209
Bottled Water from the Fragrant Harbor   The Diluted Spiritual Elements of Hong Kong Films   Winfried Corduan     225
Rattle and Film: U2, Nietzsche and Salvation in the Blues   Douglas K. Blount     241
Film Summaries     258
Contributors     279
Notes     283
Index     303
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