Salvation in Celluloid: Theology, Imagination and Film

Overview

Much work in the field of theology and film lacks a really theological focus.  This book suggests a methodology based on the recognition of the imagination as the fundamental category in producing and interpreting film. The argument is presented that the imagination holds theological significance when it is conceived of in certain ways. As a result, the book adopts the ‘paradigmatic imagination' (an imagination which works within the paradigms of scripture) or ‘theological imagination' (one grounded in ...

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Overview

Much work in the field of theology and film lacks a really theological focus.  This book suggests a methodology based on the recognition of the imagination as the fundamental category in producing and interpreting film. The argument is presented that the imagination holds theological significance when it is conceived of in certain ways. As a result, the book adopts the ‘paradigmatic imagination' (an imagination which works within the paradigms of scripture) or ‘theological imagination' (one grounded in theological forms), which is both noetic (it is the image-making faculty of the mind) and almost ontological (it is that which draws human beings into the future which they are able to construct or bring into being).

 Once the theological (paradigmatic) imagination has been identified and justified, its insights will be applied to ‘Jesus films' and ‘Christ figure films' asking whether or not they provide us with valid Christological understanding. Films with redemptive or salvific themes are discussed as is the popularity of mythical stories and animation. The final chapter will make the case that the engagement of the theological imagination with film is a method in practical theology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567032065
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Robert Pope is Senior Lecturer in Applied Theology at the University of Wales, Bangor and a minister of the United Reformed Church.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Theology and Film: Emergence of a Subject Chapter 2: Reading Texts and Living Narratives
Chapter 3: Fancy That: Theology and Imagination Chapter 4: Imaginative Journeys: Theology and Film
Chapter 5: The Quest of the Cinematic Jesus Chapter 6: The Search for the Cinematic Christ Chapter 7: Praepatario Evangelica? Myth, Fantasty and Imagination Chapter 8: Theology in Wonderland: The Role of Animation Chapter 9: Salvation in Celluloid: Redemption at the Cinema

Epilogue

Bibliography

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