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This book will thrill movie buffs and casual fans alike. In an engaging style, author Greg Garrett looks at the theological elements in dozens of classic and new classic Hollywood films, including a discussion about what the new openness to spirituality in the movies might mean for the future of American cinema and American religion.
Paperback, 173 pages
Published June 19th 2007 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published 2007)
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Jerry
Nov 27, 2015 Jerry rated it it was ok
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Though I enjoyed the assessment of spiritual elements in blockbuster films, I was shocked to see some of the flicks he used; as a discerning viewer, I would never willingly see a movie like Pulp Fiction or American Beauty. In my opinion, showing such films at a church or Christian gathering would make Jesus start overturning some tables. As a longtime Mouse network enthusiast, I think someone needs to write The Gospel According to Disney Channel; then, the media referenced wouldn
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Jennifer
Nov 06, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
I started reading this right about the time I had Evelyn. It wasn't exactly what I expected, but I do want to finish it because it is an interesting perspective on how movies ask (and sometimes try to answer) the big questions about spirituality and religion.

It is a little academic in style, but has some very interesting insights into a number of "secular" films.

This isn't a series of essays dissecting this or that film. Instead, he divides the book into several Christian themes, and then discu
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Nathan
May 07, 2009 Nathan rated it liked it
I picked this book up expecting an anti-Hollywood screed in the vein of conservative Christian watchdog (attack dog?) groups. I was happily surprised. Garrett is refreshingly optimistic and reassuringly liberal; he is not one to cluck over gritty content or colorful characters. Instead, he focuses on the positive aspects of a good range of different films (not all of them "family-friendly"), even if his picks are a little dated. For fans of emergent-church culture who are tired of Focus on the F ...more
Lisa
Jul 23, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Gotta love a book by a guy who teaches at Baylor and whose favorite movie is "Pulp Fiction" because of the biblical analogies.
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Greg Garrett is the author of novels, including The Prodigal (with Brennan Manning), Free Bird (chosen by Publishers' Weekly and the Denver Rocky Mountain News as one of the best fiction debuts of 2002), Cycling, and Shame, the memoirs Crossing Myself and No Idea, and books on theology, popular culture, politics, and narrative including Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in the Popular Imaginati ...more
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