Theology and Film: Challenging the Sacred/Secular Divide / Edition 1

Theology and Film: Challenging the Sacred/Secular Divide / Edition 1

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Theology and Film: Challenging the Sacred/Secular Divide / Edition 1

This introductory textbook uses appreciation of film to explore debates between theology and contemporary culture. It examines both method and theory and features a range of film examples throughout.

  • Explores how film can enrich our study of theology, opening up debates surrounding contemporary culture and theological inquiry
  • Addresses a broad range of themes, including religion and the sacred, human dignity, eschatology, war and peace, violence, justice, feminism, and the environment
  • Includes sections on methodological considerations as well as theoretical perspectives
  • Features examples from a range of films, including Unforgiven, The Passion of Christ, An Inconvenient Truth, Jarhead, Something’s Gotta Give, and Vanilla Sky
  • Accompanied by website resources available at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405144377
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/08/2008
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents



Part I: Methodological Considerations.

1 Theology and Film.

Part II: Theological Perspectives and Filmic Themes.

2 Introduction.

3 Woman as Spectacle: Theological Perspectives on Women and Film.

4 The Green Screen: Theological Perspectives on the Environment and Film.

5 A Time to Kill?: Theological Perspectives on Violence and Film.

6 The Final Verdict: Theological Perspectives on Justice and Film.

7 Dark Beauty: Theological Perspectives on War as Cinematic Mythology.

8 Heaven, Hell, and the Sweet Hereafter: Theological Perspectives on Eschatology and Film.

9 Conclusion: Theological Perspectives on Cinematic Storytelling.




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