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Increasingly, thinking Christians are examining the influential role that movies play in our cultural dialogue. Reel Spirituality successfully heightens readers' sensitivity to the theological truths and statements about the human condition expressed through modern cinema. This second edition cites 200 new movies and encourages readers to ponder movie themes that permeate our culture as well as motion pictures that have demonstrated power to shape our perceptions of everything from relationships and careers to good and evil. Reel Spirituality is the perfect catalyst for dialogue and discipleship among moviegoers, church-based study groups, and religious film and arts groups. The second edition cites an additional 200 movies and includes new film photos.
About the Author
Robert K. Johnston (PhD, Duke University) is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and codirector of Fuller's Reel Spirituality Institute. He is the coeditor of both the Engaging Culture and the Cultural Exegesis series and is the author or coauthor of several books, including Reel Spirituality and God's Wider Presence.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
1. The Power of Film
2. A Brief History of the Church and Hollywood
3. Theological Approaches to Film Criticism
4. Why Look at Film? A Theological Perspective
5. Are Movies Art?
6. In Film, Story Reigns Supreme
7. Image and Music
8. Becoming a Film Critic
9. Responding to Film Ethically: Moving beyond the Rating System 10. Responding to Movies Theologically
11. An Exercise in Dialogue: The Movies of Peter Weir