I know there are a lot of blogs already out there on faith and film or film and philosophy — there are even some blogs that already combine all three. (I have linked to some of them on my blogroll. It should go without saying that I don’t agree with the perspective of all the bloggers represented there.)
But I think I have a fresh perspective to add. As a post-evangelical (or emergent or postmodern or whatever) Episcopalian, I have a very different view of the nature of both art and religion than do most of the “filmosophy” bloggers already out there. (I know my view is different because I tried teaching it to the traditional evangelical filmmakers at Biola University and they wanted to crucify me.)
For me art is about interpreting the world from a particular perspective. This means art is doing the same thing as philosophy. And religion is a narrative which embodies in its hearers and tellers certain habits of thought, feeling, imagining, and acting. This means that evangelism is about telling God’s story — teaching people to see how God is at work in the world, redeeming the world through Christ.
There is one important implication of this view: all movies are evangelistic. All movies “project a world” (as Nicholas Wolterstorff argues), interpreting the world from the filmmakers’ perspective, interpreting our lives by putting recognizable events into a meaningful narrative and teaching us to see the world in a certain way. Art, philosophy, and religion all create meaning in this way.
I’m sure I’ll post more about this stuff later. For now, I’ve got movies to watch…