Faith and Film Bibliography[1]

Bryan Stone

Boston University School of Theology

 

Theology and Film

 

Aichele, George and Richard Walsh, eds.

 

 

2002

Screening Scripture: Intertextual Connections Between Scripture and Film. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press.

 

Anker, Roy

 

 

2005

Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

 

Babington, Bruce and Peter William Evans

 

 

1993

Biblical Epics: Sacred Narrative in the Hollywood Cinema. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

 

Barsotti, Catherine and Robert K. Johnston

 

 

2004

Finding God in the Movies: 33 Films of Reel Faith. Grand Rapids: Baker.

 

Bergeson, Albert and Andrew Greeley

 

 

2003

God in the Movies. Transaction Publishers.

 

Christianson, Eric, Peter Francis, and William R. Telford, Eds.

 

 

2005

Cinéme Divinité: Religion, Theology, and the Bible in Film. SCM Press.

 

Clarke, Anthony J. and Paul S. Fiddes, Eds.

 

 

2005

Flickering Images: Theology and Film in Dialogue. Smith and Helwys.

 

Deacy, Christopher and Gaye Williams Ortiz

 

 

2008

Theology and Film: Challenging the Sacred/Secular Divide. Wiley Blackwell.

 

Detweiler, Craig

 

 

2008

Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century. Baker Academic.

 

Faller, Stephen

 

 

2004

Beyond the Matrix: Revolutions and Revelations. St. Louis: Chalice Press.

 

Flesher, Paul V.M. and Robert Torry

 

 

2007

Religion and Film: An Introduction.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.

 

Fore, William F.

 

 

1990

Mythmakers: Gospel, Culture, and the Media. Friendship Press.

 

Fraser, Peter

 

 

1998

Images of the Passion: The Sacramental Mode in Film. Westport, CN: Praeger.

 

Garrett, Greg

 

 

2007

The Gospel According to Hollywood. Westminster John Knox Press.

 

Godawa, Brian

 

 

2002

Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment. InterVarsity Press.

 

Hurley, Neil

 

 

1970

Theology through Film. New York: Harper & Row. [Renamed Toward a Film Humanism.]

 

 

1978

The Reel Revolution: A Film Primer on Liberation. Maryknoll: Orbis Books

 

Jewett, Robert

 

 

1993

Saint Paul at the Movies: The Apostle’s Dialogue with American Culture. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press.

 

 

1998

Saint Paul Returns to the Movies: Triumph Over Shame. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

 

Johnston, Robert K.

 

 

2006

Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue. Revised Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker.

 

 

2007

Reframing Theology and Film: New Focus for an Emerging Discipline.  Baker Academic.

 

Kreitzer, Larry

 

 

1993

The New Testament in Fiction and Film: On Reversing the Hermeneutical Flow. Sheffield Press

 

 

1994

The Old Testament in Fiction and Film: On Reversing the Hermeneutical Flow. Sheffield Press

 

Kupfer, Joseph H.

 

 

1999

Visions of Virtue in Popular Film. Boulder, CO: Westview Press

 

Lewerenz, Spencer and Barbara Nicolosi

 

 

2005

Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture.  Baker Books.

 

Malone, Peter

 

 

2001

Lights, Camera, Faith: A Movie Lectionary, Cycle A. Pauline Books and Media

 

 

2002

Lights, Camera, Faith: A Movie Lectionary, Cycle B. Pauline Books and Media

 

 

2003

Lights, Camera, Faith: A Movie Lectionary, Cycle C. Pauline Books and Media

 

Marsh, Clive

 

 

2007

Theology Goes to the Movies. Routledge.

 

Marsh, Clive and Gaye Ortiz (eds)

 

 

1997

Explorations in Theology and Film. Oxford: Blackwell

 

McDowell, John C.

 

 

2007

The Gospel According to Star Wars: Faith, Hope, and the Force. Westminster John Knox Press.

 

McNulty, Edward

 

 

2001

Praying the Movies: Daily Meditations from Classic Films. Louisville, KY: Geneva Press.

 

Reinhartz, Adele

 

 

2003

Scripture on the Silver Screen. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.

 

Sanders, Theresa.

 

 

2002

Celluloid Saints: Images of Sanctity in Film. Mercer University Press.

 

Scott, Bernard Brandon

 

 

1994

Hollywood Dreams and Biblical Stories. Minneapolis: Fortress.

 

Stone, Bryan P.

 

 

2000

Faith and Film: Theological Themes at the Cinema. St. Louis: Chalice Press.

 

Vaux, Sara Anson

 

 

1999

Finding Meaning at the Movies. Nashville: Abingdon

 

Walsh, Richard

 

 

2005

Finding St. Paul in Film. T & T Clark

 

Wilson, Eric G.

 

 

2006

Secret Cinema: Gnostic Vision in Film. Continuum

 

 

 

Jesus on Film

 

Babington, Bruce and Peter William Evans

 

 

1993

“The Lives of Christ: The Greatest Story Ever Screened.” In Biblical Epics: Sacred Narrative in the Hollywood Cinema, 98-109. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

 

Baugh, Lloyd

 

 

1997

Imaging the Divine: Jesus and Christ-Figures in Film. New York: Sheed & Ward.

 

Beal, Timothy K., and Tod Linafelt, eds.

 

 

2005

Mel Gibson’s Bible: Religion, Popular Culture, and “The Passion of the Christ.”  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

 

Chattaway, Peter T.

 

 

1998

"Jesus in the Movies." Bible Review 14/1 (Feb., 1998) 28-35, 45-46

 

 

2000

 "Jesus at the Movies." Books and Culture 6/2 (March/April, 2000) 10-14.

 

Corley, Kathleen E. and Robert L. Webb, eds

 

 

2004

Jesus and Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ: The Film, the Gospels and the Claims of History. London and New York: Continuum.

 

Cunningham, Phillip A.

 

 

2004

Pondering the Passion: What’s at Stake for Christians and Jews. Rowman and Littlefield.

 

Evans, Michael

 

 

2005

Jesus, Fads, and the Media: The Passion & Popular Culture.  Broomall, PA: Mason Crest Publishers.

 

Forshey, Gerald E.

 

 

1992

“The Jesus Cycle.” In American Religious and Biblical Spectaculars, 83-121. Media and Society Series. Praeger Publications.

 

Fraser, Peter

 

 

1998

Images of the Passion: The Sacramental Mode in Film.  Praeger Publications.

 

Fredriksen, Paula

 

 

2006

On the Passion of the Christ: Exploring Issues Raised by the Controversial Movie. University of California Press.

 

Goodacre, Mark

 

 

2000

“The Synoptic Jesus and the Celluloid Christ: Solving the Synoptic Problem through Film.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament.

 

Graham, D

 

 

1997

“Images of Christ in Recent Film.” In Images of Christ: Ancient and Modern, ed. S. Porter, M. Hayes, and D. Tombs. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

 

Humphries-Brooks, Stephenson

 

 

2006

Cinematic Savior: Hollywood’s Making of the American Christ. Praeger Publishing.

 

Kinnard, Roy, and Tim Davis

 

 

1992

Divine Images: A History of Jesus on the Screen. New York City: Citadel Press.

 

Landres, J. Shawn and Michael Berenbaum

 

 

2004

After the Passion is Gone: American Religious Consequences. AltaMira Press.

 

Malone, Peter

 

 

1990

Movie Christs and Antichrists. New York: Crossroad.

 

 

1997

"Jesus on Our Screens." In New Image of Religious Film, ed. John R. May, 57-71. Communication, Culture, and Theology Series. Kansas City, MO: Sheed and Ward.

 

May, John R

 

 

1991

“Art: Shaping Images of Christ.” In Imaging Christ: Politics, Art, Spirituality, ed. F. Eigo, 73-103. Villanova, PA: Villanova University Press.

 

Plate, Brent S.

 

 

2007

“Mel Gibson’s Bible: Religion, Popular Culture, and the Passion of the Christ.”  Article from Christianity and Literature.  March 22, 2007.

 

Plate, Brent S., ed.

 

 

2004

Re-Viewing the Passion: Mel Gibson's Film and its Critics. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

 

Reinhartz, Adele

 

 

1998

Adele Reinhartz, "Jesus in Film: Hollywood Perspectives on the Jewishness of Jesus." Journal of Religion and Film 2/2 (1998).

 

 

2007

Jesus of Hollywood. Oxford University Press.

 

Riley, Robin

 

 

2003

Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. Westport, CT: Praeger.

 

Solomon, Jon

 

 

2002

"The New Testament and Tales of the Christ." In The Ancient World in the Cinema. Revised and Expanded Edition, 176-223. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

 

Staley, Jeffrey L. and Richard Walsh

 

 

2007

Jesus, the Gospels, and Cinematic Imagination: A Handbook to Jesus on DVD. Westminster John Knox Press.

 

Stern, Richard C., et al

 

 

1999

Savior on the Silver Screen. Paulist Press.

 

Tatum, W. Barnes

 

 

1998

Jesus at the Movies: A Guide to the First Hundred Years. Polebridge Press.

 

Telford, William R.

 

 

1995

“The New Testament in Fiction and Film: A Biblical Scholars Perspective.” In Words Remembered, Texts Renewed. Essays in Honour of J. F. A. Sawyer, ed. J. G. Davies, G. Harvey, and W. Watson, 360-94. JSOTSup 195. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

 

 

1997

“Jesus Christ Movie Star: The Depiction of Jesus in the Cinema.” In Explorations in Theology and Film, ed. Clive Marsh and Gaye Ortiz, 115-139. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

 

Walsh, Richard

 

 

2003

Reading the Gospels in the Dark: Portrayals of Jesus in Film. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press.

 

 

 

Religion and Film

 

Babington, Bruce and Peter Evans

 

 

1993

Biblical Epics: Sacred Narrative in the Hollywood Cinema. Manchester: Manchester University Press

 

Bandy, Mary Lee and Antonio Monda, Eds.

 

 

2003

The Hidden God: Film and Faith. New York: The Museum of Modern Art

 

Billingsley, K. L.

 

 

1989

The Seductive Image: A Christian Critique of the World of Film. Westchester: Crossway Books.

 

Black, Gregory D.

 

 

1998

The Catholic Crusade Against the Movies, 1940-1975. Cambridge University Press.

 

 

1994

Hollywood Censored: Morality Codes, Catholics, and the Movies. New York: Cambridge University.

 

Blake, Richard

 

 

1991

Screening America: Reflections on Five Classic Films. New York: Paulist Press.

 

 

2000

Afterimage: The Indelible Catholic Imagination of Six American Filmmakers. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press.

 

Butler, Ivan

 

 

1969

Religion in the Cinema. New York: A. S. Barnes and Co.

 

Drew, Donald

 

 

1974

Images of Man: A Critique of the Contemporary Cinema. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.

 

Forshey, Gerald

 

 

1992

American Religious and Biblical Spectaculars. Westport, CT : Praeger.

 

Higgins, Gareth

 

 

2004

How Movies Saved My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films.

 

Kuhn, Arnette

 

 

1988

Cinema, Censorship, and Sexuality, 1909-1925. New York: Routledge.

 

Lyden, John

 

 

2003

Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, Rituals. New York University Press.

 

Martin, Joel and Conrad Ostwalt Jr., ed.

 

 

1995

Screening the Sacred: Religion, Myth, and Ideology in Popular American Film. Boulder: Westview Press.

 

May, John R., ed.

 

 

1992

Image and Likeness: Religious Visions in American Films. New York: Paulist Press.

 

 

1997

New Image of Religious Film. New York: Sheed & Ward.

 

May, John R. and Michael Bird, eds.

 

 

1982

Religion in Film. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.

 

Medved, Michael

 

 

1992

Hollywood vs. America. New York: HarperPerennial.

 

Miles, Margaret

 

 

1996

Seeing and Believing: Religion and Values in the Movies. Boston: Beacon Press.

 

Mitchell, Jolyon and S. Brent Plate

 

2007

Religion and Film Reader.  New York: Routledge.

Newport, John

 

1971

Theology and Contemporary Art Forms. Waco: Word Books.

Savary, Louis and J. Paul Carrico, ed.

 

1971

Contemporary Film and the New Generation. New York: Association Press.

Schiallaci, Anthony

 

1970

Movies and Morals. Notre Dame: Fides Pub.

Scott, Bernard Brandon

 

1994

Hollywood Dreams & Biblical Stories. Minneapolis : Fortress Press.

Sharrett, Christopher, ed.

 

1993

Crisis Cinema: The Apocalyptic Idea in Postmodern Narrative Film. Washington: Maisonneuve Press.

Valenti, F. Miguel

 

2000

More Than a Movie: Ethics in Entertainment. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Wall, James

 

1971

Church and Cinema: A Way of Viewing Film. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Walsh, Frank

 

1976

Sin and Censorship: The Catholic Church and the Motion Picture Industry. New Haven: Yale University.

Watkins, Gregory J.

 

2008

Teaching Religion and Film.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wright, Melanie J.

 

2006

Religion and Film: An Introduction.  New York: I.B. Tauris

 

Film and Christian Ministry Resources

Reel to Real: Making the Most of the Movies with Youth, (Abingdon) – in several volumes; an excellent resource for using film with young people in church schools or youth groups.

 

 

 

Videos That Teach: Teachable Movie Moments from 75 Modern Film Classics, Doug Fields & Eddie James (Zondervan, 1999) – created by youth workers who wanted to liven up their messages with film clips that either illustrate a point or ask probing questions for youth.

 

 

 

Films and Faith: Forty Discussion Guides, Edward McNulty (Viaticum Press) – includes discussion guides. McNulty also is the editor of Visual Parables and has a book entitled Praying the Movies (Viaticum Press) and VBS curriculum for Babe and Hunchback of Notre Dame.

 

 

 

 

 

Websites

Most important starting points:

Internet Movie Database

http://www.imdb.com/

Journal of Religion and Film –

http://www.unomaha.edu/jrf/

Boston University Libraries Research Guides

http://www.bu.edu/library/guides/film.html

 

Sites that purport to offer “Christian” movie reviews:

About.com – Christian Movies and Christian Movie Reviews

            http://christianity.about.com/library/weekly/blmovies.htm           

Australian Catholic Film Office

            http://www.catholic.org.au/filmreviews/

Catholic News Service

            http://www.catholicnews.com/movies.htm

Christian Spotlight on the Movies

http://christiananswers.net/spotlight/movies/home.html         

Christianity Today Movies

            http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/

The Movie Concordance

            http://www.textweek.com/movies/movies.htm

Cinema in Focus –

            http://www.cinemainfocus.com/

Crosswalk

            http://www.crosswalk.com/movies/

Damaris Online Resources – Study Guides to Films

            http://www.damaris.org

Decent Films

            http://www.decentfilms.com/    

Dick Staub “Culture Watch”

http://www.faithandculture.com/links.php?category=Movies

The Dove Foundation

            http://www.dove.org/

Focus on the Family “Plugged In”

            http://www.pluggedinonline.com/

Hollywood Jesus –

            http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/

Intervarsity

            http://www.intervarsity.org/2100/filmreviews.php

Joy of Movies.com

            http://www.joyofmovies.com/

Looking Closer at the Movies (Jeffrey Overstreet)

http://www.lookingcloser.org/

Media Matters – Third Way Café

            http://www.thirdway.com/mm/

Ministry and Media

            http://www.ministryandmedia.com

Movie Glimpse

            http://www.movieglimpse.com/

MovieGuide

            http://www.movieguide.org/

Movie Ministry

http://movieministry.com/

The Phantom Tollbooth

            http://www.tollbooth.org/movies.html   

SIGNIS

            http://www.signis.net/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=36

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – Office for Film and Broadcasting

            http://www.nccbuscc.org/movies/index.htm

 

Other Major Film Journals and Magazines

Online

Senses of Cinema

Rouge

Film-Philosophy

Bright Lights Film Journal

Images Journal

Cartoon Brew

In Print

Cahiers du Cinéma

Cinema Scope

Film Quarterly

CineAction

Cineaste

Sight & Sound

Film Comment

 



[1] Revised September 2009