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Screen Christologies

Redemption and the Medium of Film. Religion, Culture & Society

Edited by Christopher Deacy
Format: Paperback
Publisher: University of Wales Press, Wales, United Kingdom
Published: 14th Sep 2001
Dimensions: w 138mm h 216mm d 12mm
Weight: 313g
ISBN-10: 070831712X
ISBN-13: 9780708317129
Barcode No: 9780708317129
This work looks at the ways in which the Christian concept of redemption has been represented in film, from "It's a Wonderful Life" to "Taxi Driver". Concentrating on film noir and the work of Martin Scorsese, the book argues that the characteristic themes of noir - alienation and redemption through violence, destruction and sin - confront religious issues. While the academic study of religion has traditionally avoided dealing with the mass media as a serious repository of religious activity, this book argues for a new and radical evaluation of contemporary religiosity and for the importance of popular media in the study of religion. It should appeal to those interested in film and theology and their place in the broader concepts of Christianity and contemporary culture.

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'Chris Deacy has added to the steadily increasing list of books on theology and film with this concise, but stimulating exploration of representations of redemption in contemporary cinema ... Deacy believes that the secular sphere abounds with opportunities to 'do theology' through film. The implications of this book are certainly important for those teaching and studying theology, particularly those who seek a relevance - indeed, an edge - for theological inquiry within the intersection of religion and culture.' Journal of Contemporary Religion 'Deacy's is an intriguing and sustainable argument.' Church Times