In This Book, Craig Detweiler Examines Forty Five Films From The Twenty First Century That Resonate Theologically From TheLord Of The Rings Trilogy To Little Miss Sunshine Offering Groundbreaking Insight Into Their Scriptural Connections And Theological Applications.Detweiler Writes With The Eye Of A Filmmaker, Leads Hollywood And Religion Initiatives At Fuller Seminary, And Even Came To Faith Through Cinema In This Book, He Unpacks The Theology Of Everyday Life, Exploring The Spirit Of God In Creation, Redemption, And General Revelation Through Sometimes Unlikely Filmmakers It S The First Authoritative Book That Dissects Up To Date Movies Selected By The Popular Internet Movie Database.This Book Is Recommended For Teachers, Students, Pastors, Film Fans, And Those Interested In The Intersection Of Christianity And Culture. Anyone who brings the great theologian Jurgen Moltmann in conversation with film is alright in my book Detweiler deftly explores a variety of films, bringing them into conversation not only with theologians, but with the scriptures, current events in society, his own life, and even with a variety of comments posted on the IMDB God, he contends, speaks not only in the specific revelation of the scriptures, but in general revelation in the form of film This book will help you l
A compelling writer whose main thesis of general revelation is undergirded by his own experience The collection of movie reviews are tied together coherently into gospel themes and provides and alternative perspective on how to engage with film. Not sold on some of his theological claims. Some of this review is take from a longer review of several books, Sacred and Profane A Survey of Christian Film Criticism.Detweiler blogs about working toward understanding between religious and secular, postmodern culture He argues that movies are a good place for Christians to learn from a fractured, postmodern world In his book, Into the Dark, he considers many of the films in the Internet Movie Database s user ranked list of the 250 Movies14, which is, as Detweiler admits, an odd list Of course, the demotic and non authoritative nature of the list is the reason Detweiler chose it, it samples the films people watch and talk about, not just canonical film While Detweiler is fun to read, his book is not cohesive or well organized and much of what he writes doesn t make sense, critically or semantically He will casually uses Biblical words, phrases, and allusions in any given sentence It s easy to miss his point or be perplexed by his point all together Consider this statement, Art and commerce met in the films created by Hollywood s holy trinity of Coppola, Spielberg, and Lucas Francis Ford Coppola served as the literal godfather to a new generation of filmmakers fresh out of film school Or one of my favorites, Despite our unprecedented financial and scientific success in the modern era, the twenty first century can be charact
First, let me start off with what I appreciate Detweiler s passion for film, and for seeing the divine in all of life is both evident and infectious Based on his citations, he s also reading a lot of great theologians esp Balthasar and Moltmann.Now for the negative The book is all over the map, not just in its structure chapter by chapter, but within those chapters as well In each chapter, Detweiler focuses on several different films, loosely grouped around a theme However, that theme doesn t really seem to stretch beyond a genre identification and a very general idea associated with that genre Detweiler handles the development of those ideas in a scatttershot manner, making it difficult to follow a thread of argument from one section or film to another On top of that, Detwieler, by way of Balthasar, promises an aesthetic accounting of these films in addition to a focus on narrative But beyond a tip of the hat to aesthetics here and there, the book is largely do
Truly an excellent book for any film enthusiast who seeks to try and understand what the films of our day are asking about the human condition and what we are to do in the world The theological insights and the Christian responses they tease out are amazing. Craig Detweiler takes you behind the scenes life, movies and faith.
- 320 pages
- Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century (Cultural Exegesis)
- Craig Detweiler
- 09 December 2018 Craig Detweiler