Deacy, C.R. (2007) From Bultmann to Burton, Demythologizing the Big Fish: The contribution of modern Christian theologians to the theology-film conversation. In: Johnston, R.K., ed. Reframing Theology and Film: New Focus for an Emerging Discipline. Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pp. 238-258. ISBN 9780801032400.
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In this article, I examine how film enables us to (re-)examine, critique and challenge the efficacy of the work of a number of twentieth century theologians. I suggest that film is capable of facilitating quite sophisticated theological enquiry. In Christmas With the Kranks (2004), for example, I indicate that one may discern a living expression of Bonhoeffer's 'world come of age. The film does not only illustrate; it also contributes to serious theological discussion of how we might need a 'religionless Christianity' today. Similarly, Big Fish (2003), though not an explicitly theological film, can function as a corrective to Bultmann's overly zealous demythologizing. By helping us deal firsthand with life, such films critique and challenge various theological paradigms, helping scholars facilitate and fine-tune a theological conversation.
|Item Type:||Book section|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages|
|Depositing User:||Chris Deacy|
|Date Deposited:||13 May 2008 08:53|
|Last Modified:||13 May 2013 09:57|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3200 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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