Reel Spirituality (Engaging Culture): Theology and Film in Dialogue

Reel Spirituality (Engaging Culture): Theology and Film in Dialogue

by Robert K. Johnston

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441200907
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2006
Series: Engaging Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Robert K. Johnston (PhD, Duke University) is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the coeditor of the Engaging Culture series and the Cultural Exegesis series and the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Useless Beauty and Finding God in the Movies.
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 Contents

Introduction
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

Customer Reviews

Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
erikssonfamily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Robert Johnston's book is a great primer for anyone desiring to study film and theology. I do not agree with all of positions, but I appreciate his attempt to bridge the gap between media and Christian theology. His final chapter reviews various aspects of Peter Weir's movies while encompassing all of the critical approaches mentioned throughout the book. A great read for Christian film lovers.