Hollywood Worldviews was the first book to come out that taught Christians how worldviews are integrated into movies and television. It has guided a generation . Hollywood Worldviews. Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment. Updated and Expanded. by Brian Godawa · Cultural Analysis. In Hollywood Worldviews, filmmaker and screenwriter Brian Godawa (To End All Wars) weighs in on the task of “Watching Films with Wisdom.

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Godawa includes a useful appendix where he discusses how a Christian should judge a movie. Tolkein are examples of Christians who write in the Romantic genre. Godawa then looks at spirituality in the movies and shows how various movies have presented brina certain take on what they view the spiritual world to be like.

A chapter on spiritual warfare concludes act three.

Myth, in this sense, is a story which seeks to explain the big questions people ask. Or are we to take some middle ground where we appreciate aspects of it while rejecting others? Read hoollywood as part of my research for a paper I was writing on Christians and movies.

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This oversight aside, I found Hollywood Worldviewswith the exception of that appendix, a good and valuable read.

Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment by Brian Godawa

I believe that many in my generation absorb their beliefs and worldview from the movies they watch without even knowing it. This is probably the best book that I have read on how to watch movies with your eyes wide open. If one would expect someone to have the situational background to write on a Christian worldview analysis of films, then Godawa would be it. GlennM September 2, This makes an otherwise unfamiliar and abstract topic, very clear, enjoyable, and easy to follow.


All in all, this was an excellent read and I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in films and wants a deeper understanding of an image and emotion driven generation. Please try again later. This is really a great book. I highly recommend this book as a great introduction. Fabricating a story describing those same stories is not in the same category.

HOLLYWOOD WORLDVIEWS: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment

The postmodernist holds that reality is a social construct of language. Do you find yourself hoping that a sister will succeed in seducing her sibling’s goeawa, that a thief will get away with his crime, that a serial killer will escape judgment?

It seems we either avoid all movies or watch too many of them. Faith in oneself with its theme of the individual against the system is an American favorite.

Book Review: Hollywood Worldviews by Brian Godawa | Apologetics

God is the ultimate storyteller and all other myths are necessarily derivative. Hoolywood film must be approached from more than one direction to do justice to it, but an understanding of its worldview is a requirement. Selected pages Title Page. Brian GodawaMoviesWorldviews. This was very helpful. Unfortunately, it is not always clear who he expects his audience to be.

Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment

In the appendix, much space was used to show how the Bible has sex, violence, and profanity, thus almost making it seem that beian practically any movie would be A-OK. The first chapter is about the issue of sex, violence and profanity. The very essence of the Christian faith centers on the identity of Jesus Christ as God’s only begotten Son, who alone is the source of salvation and author of faith Acts 4: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Because Vrian is offensive to non-believers, various notions of works based salvation, reincarnation and karma dominate the movies. Read reviews that mention hollywood worldviews brian godawa sex and violence watch movies violence and profanity highly recommend must read cultural anorexics cultural gluttons christian perspective various worldviews existentialism and postmodernism worldview recommend this book highly recommended eyes wide wide open pop culture watching movies throughout the book.


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The first extreme is “cultural gluttony,” where a Christian watches a movie, no matter how sordid with little awareness or interest in the message that he is being subjected to by that movie.

Pretty good book overall that does a really good job of showing the worldviews that are present in different Hollywood films, as well as providing some tools for how we should go hollywpod analyzing films as Christians.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Act 2 of the book, which focuses on three worldviews that’s the undercurrent of many contemporary movies: The Denouement at the end, in my opinion, should have been at the beginning, as Godawa cleared up some of his recommendations in the book. I think my favorite thing about this, or perhaps the bfian unexpected thing, is that Godawa is really eorldviews not to cast out films that have worldviews decidedly uollywood from our own. Overall, a decent starting point, I suppose — especially the earlier chapters on various philosophies.

Godawa takes the position that movies both reflect and influence society. I appreciate the fact that he had other information available, but I didn’t look up one reference.

I’ve always been one to enjoy a good movie, including one that makes me think about the story, it’s message, or whatever it was attempting to convey.