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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These chapters were some of the most personally enjoyable, as I saw many movies I’ve watched in a completely different light.

Especially helpful was his point that cultures communicate their ethics and values through stories–so it is inherent in the notion of a story or movie to have a message. In so doing he ignores the power of pictures and the fact that pictures and words communicate in different ways.

Godawa offers a way of looking at the worldviews that underlie the movies, with specific examples. Chapter six covers a lot of ground quickly by addressing five philosophical themes: Act 3 focuses on movies protrayal of the spiritual with a chapter each on Jesus, Christianity, faith and spiritual warfare.

Chapter three focuses on movies with redemption which obviously is a big theological Christian motif since God has established the greatest act of redemption. Read this as part of my research for a paper I was writing on Christians and movies.

HOLLYWOOD WORLDVIEWS: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment

Does the Bible speak to any of this? An Introduction to the Humanities 11th Edition. We can understand what people believe and what people are going to believe.


That is, do you swallow everyth Do you like to watch movies? In many films, the concept of fate serves as a God substitute. Lists with This Book.

Other editions – View all Hollywood Worldviews: Brian Godawa tackles the issue of how to watch movies and be a discerning Christian at the same time. Fantastic insight into the worldview messages of Hollywood films. Accordingly, this foe usually has a conflicting worldview to the hero.

And then goes on to illustrate how these worldviews manifest themselves in our movies.

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

Movies that put the themes of the Gospel, of fall and redemption, of worrldviews atonement, on the silver screen in a way that makes it real and palatable to the average viewer.

The confusion of the two e. What does this add to what you godxwa said? Godawa’s main focus is more on drawing out and critiquing the worldviews themselves; he doesn’t spend as much time as I would have liked on discussing how we should treat movies with poor worldviews do we avoid them, or wisely engage with them?

These ideas would have given Hollywood Worldviews a more complete feel. This makes an otherwise unfamiliar and abstract topic, very clear, enjoyable, and easy to follow.

Other than that, it’s a great work on getting us to ask the right questions and to teach our children to ask the right hollhwood when it comes to evaluating films from a Christian perspective. I’d be willing to go so far as to say grian slapstick humor in Bruce Almighty says more about truth in the world than the movie’s so-called endorsement of divine existence. Similarly, in spite of redeeming qualities, Gladiator can be viewed as pagan apologetics.


The Best Books of Almost anyone will be a better, more involved movie watcher after reading Godawa’s book. But overall, this was a really good read that broadened my perspective and gave me more tools to use when watching films. Get fast, vrian shipping with Amazon Prime. It has probably earned him several bad reviews, and labeled him as intolerant.

In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of his popular book, Brian Godawa guides you through the place of redemption in film, the tricks screenwriters use to communicate their messages, and gocawa mental and spiritual discipline required for watching movies.

See and discover other items: It explores postmodernism, exstinsilism, neo- paganism, evolution, and many others. If one would expect someone to have the situational background to write on a Christian worldview analysis of films, then Godawa would be it. He also goes into detail about how the themes, concepts, and ideas found in movies are also in the Bible, and covers how they are used for very different reasons.

Book Review: Hollywood Worldviews by Brian Godawa | Apologetics

Your generous donations are tax-deductible. His key point about such issues is that “context makes all the difference between moral exhortation and immoral exploitation of sin”. Nov 18, Adam Calvert rated it really liked it Shelves: See all 44 reviews.

View all 3 comments. The most common worldviews communicated today worldvviews existentialism and postmodernism, though others are certainly present to varying degrees.