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Teaching Religion and Film

Gregory J. Watkins


In a culture increasingly focused on visual media, the use of movies in religious studies and theology classrooms has far outpaced both the scholarship on religion and film and the study of pedagogical practices in the field. This volume makes great strides on both fronts. The seventeen contributors to this volume, many of them leaders in this area, provide an overview of the main approaches to religion and film studies, argue for advancements in theoretical approaches, and consider the practical realities of teaching religion and film. Part I presents general categories for thinking about the ... More

Keywords: religion and film, Bible and film, Buddhism and film, Islam and film, Hinduism and film, theories of religion, theology and film, cultural values, pedagogy, methodology

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195335989
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335989.001.0001


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Gregory J. Watkins

Part I Establishing Shot

1 What Are We Teaching When We Teach “Religion and Film”?

William L. Blizek and Michele Desmarais

Part II Film and the Teaching of Religious Traditions

9 Women, Theology, and Film

Gaye Williams Ortiz

Part III The Religious Studies Approach

11 There Is No Spoon?

Gregory Grieve

Part IV The Values Approach

15 Touching Evil, Touching Good

Irena S. M. Makarushka

16 Teaching Ethics with Film

Ellen Ott Marshall

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