Deep Focus: Film and Theology in Dialogue

Deep Focus: Film and Theology in Dialogue


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Three media experts guide the Christian moviegoer into a theological conversation with movies in this up-to-date, readable introduction to Christian theology and film. Building on the success of Robert Johnston's Reel Spirituality, the leading textbook in the field for the past 17 years, Deep Focus helps film lovers not only watch movies critically and theologically but also see beneath the surface of their moving images. The book discusses a wide variety of classic and contemporary films and is illustrated with film stills from favorite movies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540960030
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Series: Engaging Culture
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robert K. Johnston (PhD, Duke University) is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and codirects Fuller's Reel Spirituality Institute.

Craig Detweiler (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) formerly served as president of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

Kutter Callaway (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents


Introduction: A Phoropter for Film
Coming Attractions
1. The Power of Film
2. The Church and Hollywood: A Historical Lens
Act I: Film
3. Fade In: A Narrative Lens
4. Sights and Sounds: An Audiovisual Lens
5. Where Form Meets Feeling: A Critical Lens
Act II: Theology
6. A Diverse Church Responds: An Ecclesial Lens
7. Discerning Mystery: A Theological Lens
8. Expanding Our Field of Vision: An Ethical Lens
Act III: Dialogue
9. Encountering the Other: A Cultural Lens
10. The Trauma of Love in the Films of Christopher Nolan: Converging Lenses
Epilogue: A Deeper Focus

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