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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Preview — Hollywood Worldviews by Brian Godawa. I really cannot recommend this enough to any Christian moviegoer. Hollywoox suggests three subjects areas: Brian GodawaMoviesWorldviews. The Best Books of Other than that, beian a great work on getting us to ask the right questions and to teach our children to ask the right questions Really good book on how to evaluate movies from a Christian worldview.

Chapter three focuses on movies with redemption which obviously is a big theological Hhollywood motif since God has established the greatest act of redemption. I ended up skipping the first half of the appendix. The one other issue with the book is that he often states things declaratively; he makes comments in particular on The Truman Show which I might argue are only one possible interpretation of the movie.

I’d be willing to go so far as to say that slapstick humor in Bruce Almighty says more about truth in the world than the movie’s so-called endorsement of divine existence. A typical plot line will showcase a tragic character flaw in the hero and an apparent defeat at the hands of the adversary. Brin book is so superficial — especially towards the end — that I don’t see how you could apply his principles to review a movie in depth say, beyond a quick “they are showing Christianity to be legalism and that’s bad” — you’ll lap up even the slightest nuance that he grants a couple movies.

Godawa’s perspective is thorough, well-researched, and as exhaustive as it could be expected to be given its scope though how he chose to omit Hellboy from the conversation is beyond me ; this is, however, one of the drawbacks of the book, as it at times feels more like he is merely trying to mention as many movies as he can in the pages he has.


Accordingly, Godawa charts the movie The Matrix revealing an astonishing degree of similarity to the Gospel narrative. Some good information, especially for any conservative Christians taking early steps in engaging cinema.

Brian Godawa has been a professional filmmaker, writer, and designer for over 20 years.

Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? After two chapters of introduction to storytelling, Godawa looks to worldviews in the movies, showing through example after example how every movie communicates something of a worldview. The author Brian Godawa is a prolific Christian movie maker, reviewer, screen writer and author.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Act 2 of the book, which focuses on three worldviews that’s the undercurrent of many contemporary movies: The pantheistic ideal is that all religions are pointing to the same God. While The Jesus Film and The Passion get high marks, there is an extended discussion of the latter with its scandalous violence and Catholic overtones. All people can relate to the above. In way of summary, content is evaluated by four worldvifws Everything we do in life effects us whether we know it or not and movies are no exception.

Romanticism is characterized in terms of a revolt against the enlightenment and a predecessor to existentialism.

He manages to do truth telling without being preachy.

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

A lot of helpful information. When Giants Were Upon the Earth: It explores postmodernism, exstinsilism, neo- paganism, evolution, and many others.

If you are a Christian and want a better understanding of how to discern movies, then I recommend this book. It is good enough to bear reading again in a few years, and I plan to do so. English Choose a language for shopping.

These chapters were some of the most personally enjoyable, as I saw many movies I’ve watched in wordlviews completely different light. These ideas would have given Hollywood Worldviews a more complete feel. The confusion of the two e. Godawa takes you through the basics of a story and teaches you how to see that wodldviews worldview inherent in a movie. It also follows that the secular world uses them to promote a different agenda. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

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Without endorsing all movies wholesale, Godawa makes an argument for the value of movies holoywood instruct, inform, and simply reflect the God-given creativity in the creature and the beauty of creation around us. Godawa takes the position that movies both reflect and influence society. In a way Godawa acknowledges this and says that “a sense of balance is what a Christian needs Jul 08, Brandon Wilkins rated it it was amazing.

Open Preview See a Problem? Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Trivia About Hollywood Worldvi This makes an otherwise unfamiliar and abstract topic, very clear, enjoyable, and easy to follow.

All in all, these example should stir a Christian to be careful with discerning and watching movies with Godly wisdom–and while watching out for swearing, needless violence and sexual sins are important, we as believers hollywoood also watch out for the IDEAS that film impart to us.

Just think, “Renaissance Man. May 04, Wayne rated it really liked it. Unfortunately, many often suspend their beliefs as well, succumbing to subtle goddawa in how to behave, think and even perceive reality. I believe that many in my generation absorb their beliefs and worldview from the movies they watch without even knowing it. What I like alot about this book is that many movies are brought up as examples of the worldviews subtle message in films.

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