Useless Beauty: Ecclesiastes through the Lens of Contemporary Film

Useless Beauty: Ecclesiastes through the Lens of Contemporary Film

by Robert K. Johnston
     
 

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Reveals how both contemporary movies and the Book of Ecclesiastes portray life's beauty despite its pain and futility.See more details below

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Reveals how both contemporary movies and the Book of Ecclesiastes portray life's beauty despite its pain and futility.

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Publishers Weekly
Drawing the title from a line in an Elvis Costello song about "all this useless beauty," Johnston, Fuller Seminary professor of theology and culture, invites us to consider connections between biblical wisdom literature and film. In particular, he compares Ecclesiastes with films such as American Beauty, Magnolia, About Schmidt and Signs. "Useless beauty" refers to the paradox described in Ecclesiastes (and in many of the selected films) of beauty in the midst of a life filled with vanity, futility and absurdity. Although the title promotes Ecclesiastes through the lens of film, it is really a treatment of film through the lens of Ecclesiastes, as Johnston intersperses key biblical passages in italics next to his rendition of film plots and characters showing us the dynamic analogies. Johnston's hope is that this will create a "two-way dialogue" that starts with the film but moves back and forth between the film and scripture. Narrowing in on Ecclesiastes-a book embraced by many different religious traditions-exposes Johnston to a wide audience, one that includes Christians, Jews, Muslims and even New Age hybrids. That's good for everyone, because Johnston's forte is helping us think more deeply about how God is revealed in popular culture, so that our notion of God is expanded even beyond our traditional understandings. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441206510
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
2 MB

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