1st Edition

Theology Goes to the Movies
An Introduction to Critical Christian Thinking

ISBN 9780415380126
Published April 11, 2007 by Routledge
208 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Drawing a comparison between religion and cinema-going, this text examines a range of contemporary films in relation to key theological concepts. Cinema as a religion-like activity is explored through cognitive, affective, aesthetic and ethical levels, identifying the religious aspects in the social practice of cinema-going.

Written by a leading expert in the field, Theology Goes to the Movies analyzes:

  • the role of cinema and Church in Western culture
  • the power of Christian symbols and images within popular culture
  • theological concepts of humanity, evil and redemption, eschatology and God.

This is an ideal text for students seeking a new way into the study of theology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  Introduction  How to use this book  Part One: Contextualizing Theology in a Media Age  1. Theology in a Chaotic Climate  2. Doing Theology in a Media Age  3. Theology and the Christian Religion   Part Two: A Systematic Theology through Film  4. God   5. Human Being  6. Spirit  7. Redemption  8. Sacraments   9. Church  10. The End  11. A Christological Postscript   Part Three: Christian Theology in Practice  12. Theology and Life  13. Theology and God  Index of Films  Index of Names and Subjects

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Clive Marsh teaches in the Department of Theology at the University of Nottingham and is also Secretary of the Faith and Order Committee of the Methodist Church. He is a well-respected writer and teacher, and his previous books include Cinema and Sentiment: Film’s Challenge to Theology, Paternoster Press 2004 , and Explorations in Theology and Meaning, Blackwell 1997.


'By starting from issues explored in particular films, the book helps to ground theological debates in relation to human questions and experience. This really helps to bring the discipline of theology alive, and I wish this book had been available when I was a theology student.' – Gordon Lynch, Senior Lecturer in Religion and Culture, University of Birmingham, UK

'Marsh is correct! Theology is not just cognitive, but affective, aesthetic and ethical. And film has become a primary resource. Here is a helpful work-book for culturally-savy theology students and theologically-interested film-lovers.' Robert K. Johnston, author of Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue