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Shining Glory: Theological Reflections on Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life
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Shining Glory: Theological Reflections on Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life


Wipf & Stock 2013

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Gathering Interest


Terrence Malick’s stunning film The Tree of Life is a modern Job story, an exploration of suffering and glory, an honest look at strife within a Texas family in the 1950s. In Shining Glory, Peter J. Leithart examines the biblical and theological motifs of the film and illuminates how Malick exploited the visual poetry of film to produce one of the most spiritually challenging and theologically sophisticated films ever made.

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Key Features

  • Discusses the film The Tree of Life from a theological standpoint
  • Examines biblical concepts and implications of the movie


  • Visual Lyricism
  • Job
  • Water
  • Flame
  • Music
  • Nature and Grace, Father and Mother
  • Windows and Doors
  • Trees, Birds, Everything
  • Hands
  • Memory
  • Family Table
  • Death and Sin
  • The Promised End

Praise for the Print Edition

A very helpful, meditative guide and exploration of the complexity, wonders, and depths of Malick’s remarkable Tree of Life.

—Roy Anker, professor of English, Calvin College

Peter Leithart has provided a great service by approaching this film of Terrence Malick—America’s greatest filmmaker, and perhaps the greatest of his time—with the seriousness it merits, and by considering it in light of the religious and metaphysical themes it so beautifully and so mysteriously explores. I hope this book is the first of many such treatments.

—David Bentley Hart, author, The Experience of God

Product Details

  • Title: Shining Glory: Theological Reflections on Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life
  • Author: Peter J. Leithart
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 98
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Contemporary Theology

About Peter J. Leithart

Peter J. Leithart is a senior fellow of theology and literature at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho, and serves on the pastoral staff of Trinity Reformed Church. He is the author most recently of Athanasius.

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