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Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue (Engaging Culture)

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Reel Spirituality, 2nd Edition: Robert K

Thoughtful Christians realize they can learn much from movies---they influence our culture and help shape our perceptions on everything from relationships and careers to good and evil. Robert K. Johnston's insightful Reel Spirituality will heighten your sensitivity to cinematic statements about the human condition and theological truths. This second edition cites 200 new movies and encourages readers to ponder movie themes that permeate our culture as well as motion pictures that have demonstrated power to shape our perceptions of everything from relationships and careers to good and evil. Reel Spirituality, a volume from the Engaging Culture series, is the perfect catalyst for dialogue and discipleship among moviegoers, church-based study groups, and religious film and arts groups.

—John Thompson, CCM

Considering the thousands of films shown every year, and the vast crowds who rush to see them, it is remarkable that so little sustained Christian attention has been paid to the world of the 'big screen.' Films can undoubtedly shape and change our fundamental attitudes and beliefs. Here, at last, is an attempt to take that with theological seriousness. Reel Spirituality will not only help us develop a Christian wisdom about film; in turn, it will also make us ask searching questions about the Christian faith and the way we express it. Throughout, the book is accessible and engaging. I commend it most warmly.

Reel Spirituality, Pasadena, CA

Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue
Robert K. Johnston
Limited preview - 2006

Reel Spirituality : Theology and Film in Dialogue Vol

—John Thompson, CCM

Considering the thousands of films shown every year, and the vast crowds who rush to see them, it is remarkable that so little sustained Christian attention has been paid to the world of the 'big screen.' Films can undoubtedly shape and change our fundamental attitudes and beliefs. Here, at last, is an attempt to take that with theological seriousness. Reel Spirituality will not only help us develop a Christian wisdom about film; in turn, it will also make us ask searching questions about the Christian faith and the way we express it. Throughout, the book is accessible and engaging. I commend it most warmly.

Robert Johnston joined the faculty of Fuller in 1993, serving as provost until 1995 and now serving as professor of theology and culture. He brought with him 20 years of teaching, ecclesial, and academic administrative experience, including 11 years as dean and provost at North Park College and Theological Seminary. Johnston has published in a variety of fields, including selected Old Testament topics, evangelical theology, and, most recently, theology and film. His recent books include Useless Beauty, Finding God in the Movies (cowritten with Catherine Barsotti), Life Is Not Work/Work Is Not Life (cowritten with J. Walker Smith), and Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue, 2nd edition. A past president of the American Theological Society and the recipient of two major research grants from the Luce Foundation, Johnston is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.