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An Essential Lens

Theology and Film is a young field, and we are working to create more published resources for both film scholars and film lovers who want to read a more intelligent, engaging interaction between films and the Christian faith. We believe the theological lens is an invaluable one for understanding cinema from across time and from around the world.

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An Essential Lens

Theology and Film is a young field, and we are working to create more published resources for both film scholars and film lovers who want to read a more intelligent, engaging interaction between films and the Christian faith. We believe the theological lens is an invaluable one for understanding cinema from across time and from around the world.

Books

The Aesthetics of Atheism

Atheism offers profound and necessary theological insights into the heart of Christianity itself. To get at these truths, Kutter Callaway and Barry Taylor dive into the aesthetic dimensions of atheism, using everything from Stranger Things to Damien Hirst’s controversial sculptures to the music of David Bowie, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen.

Breaking the Marriage Idol

Through an examination of Scripture, cultural analysis, and personal accounts, Kutter Callaway reflects on how our narratives have limited our understanding of marriage and obscured our view of the life-giving and kingdom-serving roles of single people in the church.

Deep Focus

Building on the success of Robert Johnston's Reel Spirituality, the leading textbook in the field for the past 17 years, Deep Focus helps film lovers not only watch movies critically and theologically but also see beneath the surface of their moving images.

Finding God in the Movies

An enthusiastic guide for the individual movie lover or small group, Finding God in the Movies contains production notes and film synopses, relevant Scripture texts, theological reflection, recommended video clips, discussion questions, and more. It will deepen your fervor for film and for God.

God in the Movies

Following a format similar to Barsotti and Johnston's successful Finding God in the Movies, this completely new book covers different films spanning four decades. It is as a treasure chest for hours of film viewing, discussion, and ministry. Clips from the movies referenced in each chapter are available on FULLER studio.

God's Wider Presence

Drawing in part from the author's theological engagement with film and the arts, God's Wider Presence helps Christians understand personal moments of experiencing God's transcendence and accounts for revelatory experiences of those outside the believing community.

How to Film Truth

How to Film Truth explores the history of documentary film as a search for truth by filmmakers, and a journey of discovery for subjects and audiences. This process, the act of documenting, exploring, and reflecting on our reality in all its created beauty, wonder, and mystery can itself be a devotional practice.

How to Talk to a Movie

In a few brief chapters, How to Talk to a Movie will forever change the way you watch movies by opening your eyes and ears to what movies are saying, how they are saying it, and how God might be speaking to you through them.

Off the Map

Off the Map places Mann’s late works in deep focus, exploring our present relationship to cinema on a backdrop that swings from the blockbuster spectacle of Avatar to the curious intimacy of Moonrise Kingdom, ultimately suggesting the mysterious space between the viewer and the screen may yet become a sanctuary of deep spiritual reflection.

Perfect in Weakness

Perfect in Weakness explores Stalker as a ludic parable about faith. Faith as folly, faith as a dangerous, last-ditch attempt to attain the unattainable. To fail, to fail again, and to carry on regardless. Perfect in Weakness suggests we see cinema itself as the ultimate apocalyptic art form—letting light into the darkness, and then throwing it on a screen.

Reel Spirituality

The foundational text in Theology and Film, Reel Spirituality traces the powerful role that movies play in our cultural dialogue and guides Christian moviegoers into a theological analysis of and conversation with film. It successfully heightens readers' sensitivity to the theological truths and statements about the human condition expressed through modern cinema.

Reframing Theology and Film

The study of theology and film has been in existence for fewer than three decades. What, then, does the future hold for this evolving subject? Robert Johnston has drawn together more than a dozen scholars who regularly write and teach on the topic in Reframing Theology and Film: New Focus for an Emerging Discipline; their contributions explore how the discipline of theology and film can flourish and mature.

Scoring Transcendence

By engaging scores from the last decade of popular cinema, Callaway reveals how a musically aware approach to film can yield novel insights into the presence and activity of God in contemporary culture. And, through conversations with these films and their filmmakers, viewers can gain a new understanding of how God may be speaking to modern society through film and its transcendent melodies.

Useless Beauty

How should Christians relate to the difficult and contradictory messages of modern movies? In Useless Beauty, Robert K. Johnston presents the bold position that films can be our "eyeglasses and hearing aids" in understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Watching TV Religiously

Watching TV Religiously shows that television--as a technology, a narrative art form, a commodity, and a portal for our ritual lives--confronts viewers theologically. Whether its content is explicitly spiritual or not, TV routinely invites (and sometimes demands) theological reflection.

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Reel Spirituality Team

Rob Johnston

Co-Director and Fuller Professor of Theology and Culture
johnston@fuller.edu

Ruth Schmidt

Co-Director and Brehm Center Director of Programming and Operations
ruthschmidt@fuller.edu

Kutter Callaway

Co-Director and Fuller Associate Professor of Theology and Culture
kuttercallway@fuller.edu

Elijah Davidson

Co-Director, Chief Critic, and Managing Editor
elijahdavidson@fuller.edu

Eugene Suen

Co-Director and Special Projects
eugenesuen@fuller.edu