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Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century (Cultural Exegesis)

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In this book, Craig Detweiler examines forty-five films from the twenty-first century that resonate theologically--from "The Lord 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 Sem
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Baker Academic (first published July 1st 2008)
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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 learn how to disco ...more
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 doe
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. O
Robert Martin
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.
Chris Theule-vandam
Craig Detweiler takes you behind the scenes --- life, movies and faith.
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Craig Detweiler (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is an author, award-winning filmmaker, and cultural commentator who has been featured in the New York Times, on CNN, and on NPR. He is associate professor of communication at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and the author of Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century, coauthor of A Matrix of Meanings, and ed ...more
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