Into the Dark (Cultural Exegesis): Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century (Google eBook)

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Craig Detweiler
Baker Academic, Aug 1, 2008 - Religion - 320 pages
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In this book, Craig Detweiler examines forty-five films from the twenty-first century that resonate theologically--from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to Little Miss Sunshine--offering groundbreaking insight into their scriptural connections and theological applications.

Detweiler writes with the eye of a filmmaker, leads Hollywood and religion initiatives at Fuller Seminary, and even came to faith through cinema. In this book, he unpacks the "theology of everyday life," exploring the Spirit of God in creation, redemption, and "general revelation" through sometimes unlikely filmmakers. It's the first authoritative book that dissects up-to-date movies selected by the popular Internet Movie Database.

This book is recommended for teachers, students, pastors, film fans, and those interested in the intersection of Christianity and culture.

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Thoughtful and well-written

User Review  - Jim Parsons -

This is an amazingly good book. The author has done well to pull theology and film study together into a tremendously well-written book – and one full of substance. Obviously, one would have to be ... Read full review

desperately needed an editor

User Review  - PaulN -

As a non-fiction book about movies, this book lacks the basic formatting and organization to make the information accessible. It’s basically a long essay that references movies. If you want to read ... Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Craig Detweiler (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of communication at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He previously served as codirector of the Reel Spirituality Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary. Detweiler has written scripts for numerous Hollywood films, and his social documentary, Purple State of Mind (, debuted in 2008. He has been featured in the New York Times, on CNN, and on NPR and is the coauthor of A Matrix of Meanings.

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