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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Theology and Film

Dr. Gene Veith offers two outstanding articles in last week's WORLD magazine, a weekly you should all subscribe to.

I enjoy literature and movies. And one thing that interests me is the intersection of theology/worldview and narrative. There is a lot of theology (or theological implications) in popular books and films, much of it bad. But sometimes, remarkably, elements of truth are found interwoven in the stories that are told. This may be intentional or unintentional. Either way, it affects the reader or viewer.

Dr. Veith writes here about Christians who work in the film industry. And here, he presents insights about movies that contain a message. I particularly appreciate his observation (paraphrasing into my own words) that while visual images can communicate emotion effectively, words are required to communicate meaning.

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2 comments:

The Cubicle Reverend said...

As a christian who has been involved in the arts for a number of years it is great to see people who are believers trying to have artistic as well as theological integrity. I worked in comedy clubs and write poetry, and you want to talk about darkness? Funny thing is, it was the comedians who weren't christian asking me, "why aren't you talking about being a Christian?"

The Cubicle Reverend said...

Enjoying the sight Rev. One of these days I might have to make the 8 hour drive to check out your church and see how Lutherans do it. I was raised Catholic so maybe I'll feel at home? ;) I often quote from you on my blog. Partly because I enjoy your logs and out of laziness. Here's some fun for you.

What have you done that I haven't?

http://thecubiclereverend.blogspot.com/2005/09/10-things-i-have-done-you-probably.html

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