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Hollywood Worldviews was the first book to come out that taught Christians how worldviews are integrated into movies and television. It has guided a generation . Hollywood Worldviews. Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment. Updated and Expanded. by Brian Godawa · Cultural Analysis. In Hollywood Worldviews, filmmaker and screenwriter Brian Godawa (To End All Wars) weighs in on the task of “Watching Films with Wisdom.

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Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom & Discernment – Brian Godawa – Google Books

Throughout the book, the author uses manifold illustrations and examples from film to unpack his points. For example, gratuitous violence celebrating a nihilistic worldview is much more offensive than the same violence depicted in a just war.

He needs to hand you more tools for critical analysis. In dealing with objectionable content like sex and violence, an gpdawa point is it is the context of the material that determines its status.

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I just fell into the ‘I appreciate the goal so it must be all good’ trap! Without endorsing all movies wholesale, Godawa makes an eorldviews for the value of movies to instruct, inform, and simply reflect the God-given creativity in the creature and the beauty of creation around us. I was hoping for a chapter that would tie the entire book together but instead was left with a short paragraph that sort of attempted a resolution.

This is really a great book.

Art and the Bible Ivp Classics. The one holywood issue with the book is that he often states things declaratively; he makes comments in particular on The Truman Show which I might argue are only one possible interpretation of the movie. By Brian Auten on September 1, at 6: Life is represented as ultimately absurd. As a virtual apologetic for sin, biblical faith is presented as an antidote to everything fun and life affirming. This is a resource needed in your library to h This is a really great book that is worlddviews must-have in your library, especially if you are wanting to know about the worldviews in movies.


Many people are influenced in their worldview by the entertainment industry, whether wittingly or A good, though not groundbreaking, exploration of the messages that movies tell us, whether we realize it or not.

Finally, how could a book like this not include an index, especially one that would have incorporated the different movies talked about in the book. I suspect the same will be true of many readers. While The Jesus Film and The Passion get high marks, there is an extended discussion of the latter with its scandalous violence and Catholic overtones. Jan 19, Tirzah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great to see two names I actually recognize: I wish he had emphasized the importance of quality govawa little more since a movie can have a great worldview and still be a cinematic disaster but I guess, after all, worldiews are what the book is about.

Share your thoughts with other customers. You can support our work here. Focus on the Family also has a site devoted to films: Godawa very lucidly captures these messages and how they oppose the Christian message, but is also quick to point out where films exhibit traits that are conducive to it.

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This chapter is one that a Christian might want to read carefully and perhaps revisit even after a first reading of the book. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Act three is a discussion of spirituality in film. He provides a thorough cataloging of R rated images and devices in the Old and New Testaments inferring that in the right context, such material is not out of bounds for Christian consumers.

Do you watch them like a zombie, turning offer your filter so that anything and everything can flow freely and untouched into your mind? I would hope the latter, but he didn’t argue for the point as much as I would have likedjollywood at times he’s more critical of movies than I think they deserve.


Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment

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I recommend this book to every Christian.

Not being able to look in an index was extremely frustrating. He begins with a discussion about the true nature of narrative and story, how these stories are constructed and how mythologies are created, and how most stories and movies at worldviwws core are concerned with redemption.

Perhaps he should have just left the appendix out of the book. Other than that, it’s a great work godaw getting us to ask the right questions and to teach our children to ask the right questions when it comes to evaluating films from a Christian perspective.

Does the movie celebrate evil, godswa does it ultimately condemn it? Unfortunately, many often suspend their beliefs as well, succumbing to subtle lessons in how to behave, think and even perceive reality. Worldviews in Movies, and Act 3: It is something to chew on even if not every Christian will find themselves in agreement with the author. Kindle Deals for Christians. Godawa’s purpose is not to help readers decide which films are worth seeing for that he refers them to Christian Web sitesbut rather how to “read” a film for its messages as opposed to worldviewws it only as entertainment.

Hoklywood Latest Reviews By Category. Despite these flaws, in the hands of the right audience—conservative Christians willing to approach it as a textbook and who don’t mind having a few movie plots betrayed—this guide will encourage more thoughtful film consumption without killing the fun of moviegoing.

He’s also influenced by Van Til’s Presuppositional apologetics another major plus! He is also an evangelical Christian with a passion for teaching biblical discernment in regard to films.