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Using a wide range of films, analyses of the message conveyed by each . . . this book will definitely give you something to think about. (Amanda Killgore for Huntress' Book Reviews (online), December 2007)

About the Author

R. Douglas Geivett is professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. His previous books include Evil and the Evidence for God (Temple University Press) and (coedited with Brendan Sweetman) Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology (Oxford University Press).

James S. Spiegel is a professor of philosophy and religion at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He is the author of Hypocrisy (Baker), How to Be Good in a World Gone Bad (Kregel) and The Benefits of Providence (Crossway). Spiegel is active in many professional organizations and runs a music recording studio, where he records his own music and others'.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (November 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830825894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830825899
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doug Geivett is a native a southern California who has been teaching philosophy at Biola University (La Mirada, CA) since 1993. He was educated at Multnomah University (B.S.), Gonzaga University (M.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (M.A.), and the University of Southern California (Ph.D.). He has participated in public debates on the question of God's existence with Richard Dawkins, Michael Shermer, Paul Draper, Bruce Russell, John Shook, and Gordon Stein. He lectures nationally and internationally on an assortment of topics related to his publications.

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This is a very fine collection of film analyses from fourteen Christian philosophers. It is a diverse book in that it covers films from a variety of genres, new films and old films; it is also a focused book in that each film is carefully mined for its philosophical ideas and presuppositions and then assessed for how sound those ideas and presuppositions are and for how well they align with the Christian worldview. Don't miscontrue me on that last point: the films mentioned in this book are not praised or scorned for merely superficial reasons (such as, for example, whether or not a film contains gratuitous violence--you don't need a philosopher to tell you that). These chapters are consistently philosophical in their approach, dealing with the ideas the films propose (or assume, rightly or wrongly) about larger truths about reality.

The book is split into 4 parts: The Human Condition, Mind and Knowledge, The Moral Life, and Faith and Religion. Spiegel and Geivett both have chapters; as do Dallas Willard, Winfried Corduan, and Sara L. H. Shady, just to name a few. It is written in such a way that people without a background in philosophy should be able to understand it given some effort, but I don't think that anyone who has studied philosophy will read it and find it too "basic." Having read it, I not only have a deeper understanding of the ideas underlying the films that were covered(all well-known, highly lauded films, I should add), but I feel better prepared to analyze films from a philosophical and Christian perspective in the future. Considering how much impact films have on our culture, it's very important to be assess them in such a way, don't you think? I strongly recommend this book. If you really enjoy watching films, or even if you don't particularly but you are aware nonetheless of the impact films have on society, this is a great book for you.
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I can't stop talking to people about this book! It covers a wide time frame for movie-making, as well as many different genres, and even if you haven't seen a movie you're fine because the book has plot summaries in the back.

It was the most fun to read chapters focusing on films I already knew, but it also inspired me to want to watch at least three I haven't seen.

I took a few philosophy courses ten years ago and at this point I have no interest in slogging through dense, painful, footnote-infested textbooks. This book was the opposite of that.
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This is not the type of book to sit and read in one go. Rather it's best read slowly, over time. See the movie, read the review, mull over it, talk about it with a friend.

Divided into 4 categories, The Human Condition, Mind and Knowledge, The Moral Life, and Faith and Religion, the authors and editors have done an excellent job of demonstrating how to recognize and articulate the various worldviews foisted on us in Film.

I love the opening line in the introduction by James Spiegel,"Those who tell stories, rule the world." (Plato) Todays world offers a plethora of storytellers. Each with their own unique worldview. The discerning movie- goer will want to read this book to better understand the message behind the movies we all enjoy.

A great resource for parents and teachers!
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"Faith, Film and Philosophy" is an excellent collection of essays on various aspects of the messages of modern film. It gets a bit thick with the academics at times, but is still a brain-stirring, thought-provoking read. As always, an anthology is sometimes spotty in content, and this one, good as it is, is no exception. The chapter on horror movies is somewhat of a waste. But the majority of the essays are well worth the read.
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This books is well-written, well-organized and presents a variety of fascinating "readings" of films. It is accessible to the non-philosopher, but deep enought to engage those schooled in philosophical thinking. We are using it for a discussion group with young college students and have found it provoked thought raised questions and stimulated conversations we never would have had otherwise. Great book!Faith, Film and Philosophy (EasyRead Edition): Big Ideas on the Big Screen
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