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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.
"Robert Jewett presents an original and fascinating entry into Pauline theology through the use of contemporary classics. Each major Pauline theme is paired with a companion film. By pointing out both similarities and divergences between the two, Jewett adds to the understanding and appreciation of both media."--Richard A. Blake, S.J., teacher and film reviewer.
|1||Prologue: Pauline Theology Takes In the Movies||3|
|2||Star Wars and "the Force" of Paul's Gospel||19|
|3||Amadeus: Sin, Salvation, and Salieri||31|
|4||A Separate Peace with Adam's Fall||43|
|5||The Mysterious God of Tender Mercies||54|
|6||Righteous Gentiles in Grand Canyon||65|
|7||Tootsie and the Comfort of Christ||77|
|8||Earthen Vessels and Ordinary People||90|
|9||Empire of the Sun and the Death of Innocence||105|
|10||The Disguise of Vengeance in Pale Rider||118|
|11||Works of Darkness in Red Dawn||134|
|12||Epilogue: "Saint" Paul and Dead Poets Society||148|
|Index of Scripture||181|
|Index of Subjects and Names||182|
Posted August 16, 2008
I used this book for an adult Christian education series for mid-summer evenings. We watched scenes from some of the movies included in the book and discussed the themes and ideas. Jewett analyzes contemporary ideas of our culture in light of Paul's writings in the Bible. The limitation of the book is that Jewett does not consider theology from outside Paul's writings. In some cases, John's writings, for example, complement or challenge those of Paul. The result is a helpful but at times limited dialogue between culture and Christian theology. However, our viewers said the class changed the way they would think about movies in the future!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.