Flickering Images : Theology and Film in Dialogue

ISBN-10: 1573124583

ISBN-13: 9781573124584

Edition: 2005

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Description: The cinema business is booming, and shelves laden with videos and DVDs are on display in local video libraries and chain stores. Studies of the relationship between film and Christian theology are also growing in number, but this collection of essays has the special aim of offering help to those who want to draw on current films in church services or in small study groups. Questions of theory are kept in mind, especially in the first part of the book, which explores theological, existential and ideological approaches to film. But the writers never forget their concern for the practical needs of pastors, preachers and study-group leaders. The second part of the book thus aims to model a variety of ways of holding the dialogue between film and theology, with examples which include romantic comedies, 'block-busters', sci-fi and fantasy. The format of the third part is designed for reflecting on a film in a group context, each chapter providing a detailed synopsis followed by a series of

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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Incorporated
Binding: Perfect 
Pages: 310
Size: 6.08" wide x 8.96" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Forewordp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Methods
Movies and Meaning: An Introduction to Reading Filmsp. 7
Understanding Films: Reading in the Gapsp. 25
Transcending the Cave: Fantasy Film as Spiritual and Philosophical Reflectionp. 49
Gaining Fresh Insights: Film and Theological Reflection in a Pastoral Settingp. 59
Reflections
Virtual Literalism: Big Fishp. 83
When Text Becomes Voice: You've Got Mailp. 97
Bucking the System: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nestp. 113
Taking the Waves by 'Surprise': Master and Commanderp. 123
Pondering Providence: Sliding Doorsp. 137
Fatherhood, Fate and Faith: The Terminator Seriesp. 149
All-Consuming Holiday Snaps: Open Waterp. 163
Finding God in the Holocaust: Schindler's Listp. 175
The Grace of the Valar: The Lord of the Ringsp. 193
The Trouble with Paradise: Pleasantvillep. 207
Interpreting the Gospel: The Passion of the Christp. 217
Resources
Introduction to Part 3p. 231
The Mission: Some Missiological Dilemmas Portrayedp. 233
Blade Runner: On the Definition of Humanityp. 241
Witness: 'In the World, but not of the World'p. 247
Amadeus: The Destructiveness of an All-Consuming Jealousyp. 251
Gandhi: The Strength of Weaknessp. 255
The Killing Fields: The Extreme Limits of Friendshipp. 263
The Color Purple: Breaking Through the Barriers of Prejudice and Violencep. 271
1984: Controlling the Past and Determining the Futurep. 279
Cry Freedom!: Living with Apartheidp. 287
Bridget Jones's Diary: Self-Image and Self-Worthp. 295
Saving Private Ryan: The Value of a Single Lifep. 303
Index of Filmsp. 309
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