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Silents Of God

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Covering the historical period from 1908 to 1925, this study showcases pamphlets, magazine articles (from both religious and film periodicals), sermons, and other discourse that chronicle an early vision of church/photoplay cooperation and its subsequent dissolution with the advent of growing suspicion, Hollywood scandals, Sabbatical reform movements, and alternative communication technologies. This collection of documents challenges the enduring fiction that the Church was hostile to the moving picture at its ...

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Overview

Covering the historical period from 1908 to 1925, this study showcases pamphlets, magazine articles (from both religious and film periodicals), sermons, and other discourse that chronicle an early vision of church/photoplay cooperation and its subsequent dissolution with the advent of growing suspicion, Hollywood scandals, Sabbatical reform movements, and alternative communication technologies. This collection of documents challenges the enduring fiction that the Church was hostile to the moving picture at its inception; rather, the Church sought to appropriate its potential for evangelism, education, and social reform. Divided into four chronological sections, the study traces the process of religious response to film as a prophetic vision, a series of great debates, the articulation of film as a handmaiden to church work, and the great divorce of church and cinema, culminating in a religious posture and emphasis on rigid censorship rather than creative dialogue.

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Of course the anthology can only include a fraction of the literature available—but never mind; the absolutely stupendous bibliography...is almost 50 pages.
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Of course the anthology can only include a fraction of the literature available—but never mind; the absolutely stupendous bibliography...is almost 50 pages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810839540
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Lindvall is the Distinguished Chair of Visual Communication in the College of Communication and the Arts at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 A Prophetic Vision, 1908-1913 Chapter 2 Moving Pictures and the Pulpit Chapter 3 "Minister Proposes Sunday Pictures" and "Missionaries and Moving Pictures" Chapter 4 Editorial: The Clergy and the Moving Picture Chapter 5 Amusement as a Factor in Man's Spiritual Uplift Chapter 6 Vaudettes Chapter 7 The Clergy and the Picture Chapter 8 The Case for Motion Pictures: Part I Chapter 9 The Case for Motion Pictures: Part II Chapter 10 Motography as an Arm of the Church Chapter 11 The Religious Possibilities of the Motion Picture Chapter 12 The Picture in the Pulpit (October 26, 1912) Chapter 13 The Picture in the Pulpit (November 16, 1912) Chapter 14 The Picture in the Pulpit (December 21, 1912) Chapter 15 The Motion Picture and the Church Part 16 The Great Debates, 1913-1919 Chapter 17 Sunday Closings, Commercialism, and the Dangers of the World Chapter 18 The Theater vs. the Church Chapter 19 Samson: Six Reels Chapter 20 Light on Puzzling Passages and Problems Chapter 21 Motion Pictures in Religious and Educational Work Chapter 22 The Bible and Moving Pictures Chapter 23 Studies in Social Christianity: Motion Pictures Chapter 24 Urging an Alliance of Church and Motion Picture Chapter 25 Sex Pictures Arouse Louisville Churchmen Chapter 26 Pictures in Schools and Churches Chapter 27 How to Preach by Moving Pictures Chapter 28 The Parson Who Believed in Pictures Chapter 29 Spiritualism by the Film Chapter 30 The Moving Picture: A Careful Survey of a Difficult Problem Chapter 31 An Indictment: The Moving Picture, A Clergyman's Child Chapter 32 Has Been Neglected by the Church Chapter 33 In His Steps Today: What Would Jesus Do with the Drama? Chapter 34 Sunday Pros and Cons Plead Chapter 35 Cleveland Moffett's Crazy Quilt Chapter 36 The Moral and Social Effects of the Movies Part 37 Before the Fall, 1919-1920 Chapter 38 The Motion Picture as a Handmaiden of Religion Chapter 39 A Conception of Screen as Handmaid of Church Chapter 40 Expressed by Clergymen Chapter 41 Let There Be Light! Chapter 42 Moving Pictures as an Aid to the Church Chapter 43 If Christ Went to the Movies Chapter 44 The Motion Pictures as a "Handmaid of Religion" Chapter 45 Your Enjoyment of Paramount Pictures Chapter 46 Eleven Picture Commandments Chapter 47 Education and Pictures Part 48 The Great Divorce, 1920-1925 Chapter 49 The Flight from Babylon Amid Public Relations Chapter 50 Motion Picture Madness Chapter 51 The Church or the Theater Chapter 52 The Movies—the Devil's Incubator Chapter 53 Hollywood as Seen by a Minister Chapter 54 Can Anything Good Come Out of Hollywood? Chapter 55 The Padre of Hollywood Chapter 56 Pictures and the Church Chapter 57 May Christians Attend Picture Shows? Chapter 58 She Defends Some of the Movies Chapter 59 More about the Movies Chapter 60 Conclusion

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