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


Baker Academic 2008

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Detweiler uses the IMDb, the wildly popular Internet Movie Database, to select today's most influential contemporary films. Into the Dark dissects the theology of everyday life, exploring the work of the Spirit of God in creation and redemption to discuss "general revelation" through cinema and sometimes unlikely filmmakers. This book opens up lively discussion topics, including anthropology, the problem of evil, sin, interconnectivity, postmodern relationships, ethics, fantasy, and communities in crisis. Notable movies discussed include Gladiator, United 93, Million Dollar Baby, and Walk the Line.

This book is recommended for college and seminary students in film, theology, and communications courses as well as pastors, film fans, and those interested in Christianity and the cinema.

Key Features

  • Provides readable analysis and insight into popular films
  • Excellent resource for students, pastors, and the general reader
  • Includes appendixes, notes, and indexes

Praise for the Print Edition

Applying both professional acumen and autobiographical wisdom, the author gleans insights regarding transcendence in films. . . . Reading this book is akin to enjoying a sumptuous feast with a thoughtful, witty, engaging connoisseur who knows the menu and loves to eat. . . . Highly recommended.

—T. Lindvall, Choice

Craig Detweiler's Into the Dark is a passionate, thoughtful assessment of the spiritual aspects of cinema. Detweiler provides a refreshingly open-minded engagement with Hollywood, insisting on an integrative approach to general revelation wherein the cinematic 'good, true, and beautiful' are broadly defined and broadly discovered. It is uncommon to hear Christians speak of mass entertainment as 'a form of Mass, a common grace,' as Detweiler does, but such a perspective is sorely needed and appropriately provocative.

—Brett McCraken, film critic for Christianity Today and Relevant

Product Details

  • Title: Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century
  • Author: Craig Detweiler
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 336

About Craig Detweiler

Craig Detweiler is associate professor of communication at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He previously served as codirector of the Reel Spirituality Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition