Religious Education and the Popular Cinema: A Select Bibliographic Guide

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    This is the age of Hollywood, the ascendancy of moving image culture and the reign of the video generation. Photography got it started. Film got it moving, talking and coloured. Television got it out of the theatres and into your lounge room. The Internet brought it into your office, study and no doubt onto your cell-phone in the near future. Therefore, it is not too surprising to find that popular films have become "the lingua franca of the twentieth century. The Tenth Muse ... [that] has driven the other nine right off Olympus - or off the peak, anyway" (Vidal, 1993, pp. 2-3). As such, the time is ripe to take the cinematic muse into the classroom, home and pulpit; not as a student pacifier, visual aide or entertaining time waster, but as a legitimate extra-ecclesiastical teaching tool. Indeed, the interdisciplinary field of Religion-and­Film (aka Celluloid Religion, Cinematic Theology, Theo-film, Film-Faith Dialogue) is one of the most promising, brightest and fastest growing areas of Religion Studirs in this post-Millennial age. To ignore the immense power of feature films is churlish to deny, insular and pedagogically unwise, especially if the profession wishes to be relevant to the children of the media.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)73-80
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Religious Education
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


    • Religious education
    • Film
    • Cinema


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