By Robert K. Johnston
"Considering the hundreds of thousands of movies proven each year, and the tremendous crowds who rush to determine them, it really is extraordinary that so little sustained Christian realization has been paid to the area of the 'big screen.' motion pictures can surely form and alter our primary attitudes and ideology. right here, eventually, is an try and take that with theological seriousness. Reel Spirituality won't in basic terms support us enhance a Christian knowledge approximately movie; in flip, it is going to additionally make us ask looking questions about the Christian religion and how we convey it. all through, the e-book is available and fascinating. I commend it such a lot warmly."
--Jeremy Begbie, Duke Divinity tuition
"If there's a unmarried entire creation to the discussion among Christian theology and movie, this publication is it. . . . whereas the publication is written in a method that's obtainable to non-academic audiences, it'd be excellent because the foundational textual content for a graduate or undergraduate introductory path in theology and film."
--Religious reviews assessment
"Robert Johnston has written the main accomplished survey at the moment on hand on theology and movie. it is a masterful evaluate either one of theologically suitable motion pictures and their research by way of different students. it really is hugely available, penetrating, fair-minded within the remedy of others, but filled with Johnston's personal trenchant insights approximately motion pictures. This authoritative learn is a must-read booklet for an individual attracted to the swiftly increasing box of exploring the theological dimensions of up to date film."
--Robert Jewett, writer of Saint Paul on the Movies
"May rather well be the simplest total textual content on theology and picture in that [Johnston] pulls jointly many techniques from the sector at huge whereas offering a few valuable background which areas concerns in context. . . . Johnston's e-book will paintings rather well in college/seminary classes in addition to in neighborhood church learn groups."
--Perspectives in spiritual Studies
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