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The Message Behind the Movie: How to Engage with a Film Without Disengaging Your Faith
Moody Publishers / 2009 / Paperback
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Can anything good come out of Hollywood? Is it possible to engage our culture without disengaging our faith? Showing how to turn messages in Tinseltown films into opportunities for sharing the gospel, Beaumont helps you understand the basics of movie interpretation, analyze key ideas, and mount an effective defense of a Christian worldview. 225 pages, softcover from Moody.
Some Christians denounce nearly every move that Hollywood produces; others celebrate even the most morally and artistically questionable. While most Christians can agree on the cultural importance of films, very few are able to interpret movies with insight and understanding. Apologetics professor and film lover Doug Beaumont wants moviegoers to become more informed viewers, by better grasping the cinematic techniques and genre considerations that filmmakers use to communicate their central themes. He also wades into hot-button issues of nudity, violence, and language in movies, helping Christians to more carefully evaluate celluloid depictions of sin.
DOUGLAS M. BEAUMONT is pursuing a Ph.D. at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, NC. He teaches Bible and Philosophy at Southern Evangelical Bible College and speaks around the country on various topics related to Christianity. His work has been published in The Christian Apologetics Journal, The Baker Dictionary of Cults and World Religions, and he was the one of the only Protestant writers to be included in The Best Catholic Writing 2006. He lives with his wife, son, bird, and dog in Charlotte, NC.
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Author: Douglas Beaumont
Located in: Charlotte, NC
Submitted: April 21, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I am pursuing a Ph.D. at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, NC where I teach Bible and Philosophy. I speak around the country on various topics related to Christianity.
What was your motivation behind this project? Religious discussions today often center around worldviews and culture . . . and nothing affects the worldviews of todays culture more than movies! Most Christian books on movies discuss some of Hollywoods messages but fail to equip believers to evaluate them, or how to turn those messages into opportunities for discussing the faith. I wanted to fill in those gaps.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The Message Behind the Movie teaches the basics of objective movie interpretation, and message evaluation in light of the Christian worldview. This unique book will be especially helpful for those fearful of evangelism or who simply would like a more casual means of getting into the truths of the gospel with friends, co-workers, family, etc.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I came to appreciate movies even more, as well as the opportunities they give for deeper conversations.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Brian Godawa, Robert McKee, Barbara Nicolosi, Scott Derickson, George Lucas, David Fincher
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I hope that you enjoy the book and tell others!
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