Fathers and sons

Theologians sometimes use films to illustrate religious themes. This can result in a useful correlation of cultural concerns with religious claims, but it can also be a disservice to the films cited if they are employed merely as illustrations rather than engaged on their own terms. As Clive Marsh says, in a book he coedited with Gayle Ortiz, Explorations in Theology and Film, "Christian theology cannot simply call the shots. Films can thus not simply be expected to illustrate theology. They may well offer a real contribution to Christian theology."


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