Seeing is Believing is the newest book from theologian Richard Vance Goodwin
Have you ever had a profound experience while watching a movie? An experience that was truly moving, maybe even spiritual??
In Seeing Is Believing: The Revelation of God Through Film, theologian Richard Vance Goodwin argues that such experiences may sometimes be encounters with the divine.
He also explores how these films use various visual strategies to invite viewers to feel emotions that may open them up to God's presence.
Meet the Author
Richard Vance Goodwin (PhD, University of Otago) is adjunct assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also Academic Director of Teaching and Learning at Pathways College of Bible and Mission.
Richard completed his doctorate at Otago exploring theology and film, the thesis for which served as the basis for this book. Prior to that, he completed an MA in Theology through Fuller Seminary, a theological institution just down the road from Hollywood with a track record of engagement with pop culture. Now as affiliate faculty at Fuller, he teaches in Theology and Pop Culture and Theology and TV.
Richard lives in his native New Zealand with his wife and two sons.
Seeing is Believing: The Revelation of God Through Film
By Richard Vance Goodwin
How might film reveal God?
In its most basic form, film is a series of images displayed over time. Of course, film has developed greatly since the Lumière brothers by adding components such as sound, special effects, digital recording, and more to create an increasingly complex artistic medium. Historically, film studies has often focused on the narrative aspect of film as it seeks to tell a story. More recent studies, however, have turned attention to other elements of film, such as the musical score. Yet, film remains, in a sense, a series of images.
In this Studies in Theology and the Arts (STA) volume, theologian Richard Goodwin considers how the images that constitute film might be a conduit of God's revelation. By considering works by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Bresson, Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, and more, Goodwin argues that by inviting emotional responses, film images can be a medium of divine revelation.
Blessed are those who have seen God... through film.
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