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Faith, Film and Philosophy: Big Ideas on the Big Screen Paperback – November 17, 2007
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent insights. I used it as a text for my class, Philosophy in Film.Published 2 months ago by The Good, the True, and the Beautiful
I give the authors all praise for writing this book. The subject matter is not addressed nearly enough in our culture. Read morePublished on January 3, 2010 by Ronald W. Bronson
When I first picked up the book, I was excited. It looked like something we could utilize in teaching our senior high school Bible students in the world views class. Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by E. Johnson