Deep Focus

Film and Theology in Dialogue

series: Engaging Culture

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Three media experts guide the serious Christian moviegoer into a theological conversation with movies in this up-to-date, readable introduction to Christian theology and film. Building on the success of Robert Johnston's Reel Spirituality, the leading textbook in the field for the past 17 years, Deep Focus helps film lovers not only watch movies critically and theologically but also see beneath the surface of their moving images. The book discusses a wide variety of classic and contemporary films and is illustrated with film stills from favorite movies.


Introduction: A Phoropter for Film
Coming Attractions
1. The Power of Film
2. The Church and Hollywood: An Historical Lens
Act I: Film
3. Fade In: A Narrative Lens
4. Sights and Sounds: An Audiovisual Lens
5. Where Form Meets Feeling: A Critical Lens
Act II: Theology
6. A Diverse Church Responds: An Ecclesial Lens
7. Mystery Discerning or Problem Solving? A Theological Lens
8. Expanding Our Field of Vision: An Ethical Lens
Act III: Dialogue
9. Encountering the Other: A Cultural Lens
10. The Trauma of Love in the Films of Christopher Nolan: Converging Lenses
Epilogue: A Deeper Focus

The Authors

  1. Robert K. Johnston

    Robert K. Johnston

    Robert K. Johnston (PhD, Duke University) is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and codirector of Fuller's Reel Spirituality Institute. He is the coeditor of both the Engaging Culture and the Cultural...

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  2. Craig Detweiler

    Craig Detweiler

    Craig Detweiler (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is an author, award-winning filmmaker, and cultural commentator who has been featured in the New York Times and on CNN, NPR, Fox News, and ABC's Nightline. He is president of...

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  3. Kutter Callaway

    Kutter Callaway

    Kutter Callaway (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he teaches at the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He is the author of Scoring...

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