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Overview

This introductory textbook uses appreciation of film to explore debates between theology and contemporary culture. It examines both method and theory and features a range of film examples throughout.

  • Explores how film can enrich our study of theology, opening up debates surrounding contemporary culture and theological inquiry
  • Addresses a broad range of themes, including religion and the sacred, human dignity, eschatology, war and peace, violence, justice, feminism, and the environment
  • Includes sections on methodological considerations as well as theoretical perspectives
  • Features examples from a range of films, including Unforgiven, The Passion of Christ, An Inconvenient Truth, Jarhead, Something’s Gotta Give, and Vanilla Sky
  • Accompanied by website resources available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/theologyandfilm.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Deacy and Ortiz demonstrate their thesis that cinema is a rich site for theological exchange. The selection of films is commendably catholic: the treatment of Iranian women's films particularly will open up mew areas for Western readers." (European Journal of Theology, April 2009)

“The authors do an admirable job of culling various authors … .[They] reaffirm that films contribute to fundamental questions and keep the debate going. Recommended.” (CHOICE)

"It should hold much relevance for film students interested in theology, and vice versa, as it offers a range of challenging ideas and perspectives on the subject." (M/C Reviews)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405144377
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/8/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Deacy is Head of Religious Studies and Lecturer in Applied Theology at the University of Kent and has written a number of publications exploring the interface between religion and film, including Screen Christologies: Redemption and the Medium of Film.

Gaye Williams Ortiz teaches Communication Studies at Augusta State University in Georgia. She has served as vice president of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, and is co-editor of Explorations in Theology and Film (Blackwell, 1997).

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part I: Methodological Considerations.

1 Theology and Film.

Part II: Theological Perspectives and Filmic Themes.

2 Introduction.

3 Woman as Spectacle: Theological Perspectives on Women and Film.

4 The Green Screen: Theological Perspectives on the Environment and Film.

5 A Time to Kill?: Theological Perspectives on Violence and Film.

6 The Final Verdict: Theological Perspectives on Justice and Film.

7 Dark Beauty: Theological Perspectives on War as Cinematic Mythology.

8 Heaven, Hell, and the Sweet Hereafter: Theological Perspectives on Eschatology and Film.

9 Conclusion: Theological Perspectives on Cinematic Storytelling.

Bibliography.

Filmography.

Index

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