Lights in the Darkness: Exploring Catholic Themes in Twelve Extraordinary Films

Lights in the Darkness: Exploring Catholic Themes in Twelve Extraordinary Films

by Phillip M. Thompson

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Overview

Americans currently spend on average more than ten hours a day in front of a screen. Some of that time can now be a source of profound ethical reflections and spiritual insights thanks to this refreshing book. The primary goal of Lights in the Darkness is to explore the themes of grace, redemption, pilgrimage, conscience, justice, faith and reason, the common good, sacramentality, and wisdom in twelve award-winning films. In addition to unpacking these themes, each chapter provides background information on the relevant historical moment and explores the development of the film. Questions at the end of each chapter helps to connect the themes in each film to the lives of the reader. Film is a powerful and unique artistic medium and now you have a resource to connect its wonders to your faith by reading this book and watching these films.


""Thompson's wide philosophical, theological, and cultural background are an invaluable hermeneutical instrument for his work, giving it context and clarity, depth, and relevance.His structure and eminently readable writing style make his book available, appealing, and useful not only to film scholars, but to people of faith, intelligence, and good will. Bravo!""
--Lloyd Baugh, SJ, author ofImaging the Divine: Jesus and Christ-Figures in Film

Dr. Phillip M. Thompson is the Executive Director of the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University. He has published two books, Between Science and Religion, the Engagement of Catholic Intellectuals with Science and Technology and Returning to Reality, Thomas Merton's Wisdom for a Technological World. He has written in or been interviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press, and Headline News.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498295086
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/21/2017
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Dr. Phillip M. Thompson is the Executive Director of the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University. He has published two books, Between Science and Religion, the Engagement of Catholic Intellectuals with Science and Technology and Returning to Reality, Thomas Merton's Wisdom for a Technological World. He has written in or been interviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press, and Headline News.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xix

Introduction 1

Catholic Themes

Grace

Sacramentality

Conversion and Redemption

Fortitude

Pilgrimage

The Common Good

Justice

Conscience

Faith and Reason

Wisdom

A Spiritual Mosaic

Part I Saints and Sinners

Chapter 1 A Man for All Seasons 19

Chapter 2 The Flowers of Saint Francis 29

Chapter 3 The Mission 38

Part II Religious in the Modern World

Chapter 4 Diary of a Country Priest 51

Chapter 5 Of Gods and Men 60

Part III The Common Good

Chapter 6 Babette's Feast 71

Chapter 7 Spitfire Grill 79

Part IV Justice and Human Dignity

Chapter 8 Au Revoir Les Enfants 89

Chapter 9 Dead Man Walking 98

Chapter 10 Entertaining Angels 110

Part V Prophetic Warnings

Chapter 11 Decalogue 1 123

Chapter 12 Gattaca 133

Part VI The Problems with Jesus Movies

Chapter 13 The Challenges of a Jesus Movie 149

Challenge #1 Fully Human and Fully God

Challenge #2 Jesus and His Gaps

Challenge #3 Which Jesus?

Challenge #4 Fault-Lines: The Role of Jews and Romans An Impossible Task

Part VII Director's Cut

Chapter 14 Exploring the Lights 163

Appendix A Movie Lists 169

Bibliography 175

Index/Subject Index 183

Scripture Index 190

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