Article

Film and Video as Ways of Being Religious

Robert K. Johnston

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780195176674
Published online February 2014 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195176674.013.013

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Film and Video as Ways of Being Religious

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Religion
  • Religious Subjects in Art
  • Religious Studies

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter traces the development of religion and film studies, tracking its growth from early biblically-themed shorts prior to World War I to today’s expansive theological/religious conversation with world cinema and Hollywood blockbusters. Historically, such studies centered in Christianity. Theological strategies through the decades have included “avoidance,” “caution,” “dialogue,” “appropriation,” and “divine encounter,” significant scholarship from each being noted. Today, religion and film studies are burgeoning in popularity for several reasons: (1) movies provide people their common myths and stories in our image-based culture; (2) viewer-oriented criticism has uncovered profound experiences of transcendence at the deepest recesses of the human spirit; while (3) theology and film criticism has provided focus on the work of the Holy Spirit outside the believing community and its Scripture. New developments in the field include the discussion of world cinema and other religious traditions, and a stronger focus upon music and image, not just word.

Keywords: film studies and religion; theology and film criticism; world cinema; transcendence; image-based culture; viewer-oriented criticism; Holy Spirit; film music; film images

Article.  8414 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Subjects in Art ; Religious Studies

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.