Dreams, Doubt, and Dread: The Spiritual in Film

Dreams, Doubt, and Dread: The Spiritual in Film

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Overview

Films are modern spiritual phenomena. They function as such in at least three profound ways: world projection, thought experiments, and catharsis (i.e., as dreams, doubt, and dread). Understanding film in this way allows for a theological account of the experience that speaks to the religious possibilities of film that far extend the portrayal of religious themes or content. Dreams, Doubt, and Dread: The Spiritual in Film aims to address films as spiritual experiences. This collection of short essays and dialogues examines films phenomenologically--through the experience of the viewer as an agent having been acted upon in the functioning of the film itself. Authors were invited to take one of the main themes and creatively consider how film, in their experiences, has provided opportunities for new modes of thinking. Contributors will then engaged one another in a dialogue about the similarities and differences in their descriptions of film as spiritual phenomena. The intended aim of this text is to shift contemporary theological film engagement away from a simple mode of analysis in which theological concepts are simply read into the film itself and begin to let films speak for themselves as profoundly spiritual experiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498223096
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 08/24/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 222
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Zachary Settle is currently a PhD student in the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt in the areas of political theology and political economy. He is the theology editor for The Other Journal.

Taylor Worley holds a PhD in theology from the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews and serves as Associate Professor of Faith and Culture at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.
Zachary Settle is currently a PhD student in the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt in the areas of political theology and political economy. He is the theology editor for The Other Journal.


Taylor Worley holds a PhD in theology from the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews and serves as Associate Professor of Faith and Culture at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.


Robert K. Johnston (PhD, Duke University) is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of over twelve books, including Reel Spirituality and Finding God in the Movies. A past president of the American Theological Society and the recipient of two major research grants from the Luce Foundation, Johnston is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Table of Contents

Contributors ix

List of Illustrations xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Foreword Robert k. Johnston xvii

Introduction: Thinking How Film Feels Taylor Worley Zachary Thomas Settle 1

Dreams

All Secrets and Darkness: The Profoundly Prophetic Witness of David Lynch David Dark 21

Leaving Earth to Find Home Eric Kuiper 34

The Impossibility of the Black Hero: James Baldwin and the Cinematic Zachary Thomas Settle 47

Roundtable on Dreams 61

Doubt

A Cinema of Second Chances: Doubt, Realism, and Bergman's "Silence of God" Trilogy Michael Leary 75

Indispensable Doubts, Embodied Hope: Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev Joseph G. Kicasola 87

Betraying the Medium: The Doubt in Mass Appeal Crystal Downing 100

Roundtable on Doubt 116

Dread

Beyond Death? Alejandro González Iñárritu's Grief Trilogy Taylor Worley 131

Aesthetics of the "Made": Exuberant Authenticity in the Films of Wes Anderson Kathryn Reklis 149

Lacanian Psychoanalysis and Cinematic Eschatology: A Not-So-Theologically-Correct Meditation on Jeff Nichols's Take Shelter Carl Raschke 166

Roundtable on Dread 182

Afterword Gregory Alan Thornbury 195

Index 199

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