Resource list and bibliography for film and theology



 Aichele, G & Walsh, R Screening Scripture: Intertextual connections between scripture and
            film, Trinity Press, Harrisburg, 2002

Anker, RM, Catching Light – Looking for God in the Movies, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2004

Baugh, L, Imaging the Divine: Jesus and Christ figures in film, Sheed & Ward, Franklin, 1997.

Barsotti, C; Johnston, R, Finding God in the Movies, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, 2004.

Beaudoin, T, Virtual Faith, Jossey-Vass, San Francisco, 1998

Billinsley, KL, The Seductive Image, Crossway Books, Westchester, 1989

Boggs, JM & Petrie, DW, The Art of Watching Films, McGraw Hill, New York, 2008

Cawkwell, T, The Filmgoer’s Guide to God, DLT, London 2004

Cooper, JC, & Skrade, C, Celluloid and Symbols, Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1970

Davie, G, Religion in Britain Since 1945, Blackwell, Oxford, 1994

Davis, WT et al., Watching What We Watch, Geneva Press, Louisville, 2001

Detweiler C, Into the Dark, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, 2008

Einstein, M, Brands of Faith. Routledge, Abingdon, 2008

Ekstrom, KM & Brembeck, H Eds, Elusive Consumption, BERG, Oxford 2004

Finney, J, Finding Faith Today: How does it happen?, BFBS, Swindon, 1992.

Godawa, B, Hollywood Worldviews, IVP, Downers Grove, 2002

Gunn-Danforth, G, Transforming Culture: A Model for Faith and Film in Hollywood, WIPF & STOCK, Eugene, 2009

Higgins, G, How the Movies Helped Save My Soul, Relevant Books, 2003

Hill, G, Illuminating Shadows: the mythic power of film, Shambhala Publications, Boston, 1992.

Jewett, R, Saint Paul at the Movies, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, 1993

Jewett, R, Saint Paul Returns to the Movies, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1999

Johnston, RK, Reel Spirituality, Baker, Grand Rapids, 2000.

Johnston, RK, Useless Beauty: Ecclesiastes through the lens of contemporary film, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, 2004

Lawrence, JS & Jewett, R, The Myth of The American Superhero, Eerdmans, 2003

Lyden, JC, Film As Religion, New York University Press, New York, 2003

McNulty, E, Praying the Movies, Geneva Press, Louisville, 2001

McNulty, E, Praying the Movies II, Geneva Press, Louisville, 2003

Malone, P & Pacatte, R,  Lights Camera Faith! (3 Volumes – RCL years A, B and C), Pauline Books & Media, Boston, 2001 - 2003

Marsh, C, / Ortiz, G, Eds. Explorations in Theology and Film: movies and meaning, Blackwell, Oxford, 1997

Marsh, C, Cinema and Sentiment, Paternoster, Bletchley, 2004

May, S, Stardust and Ashes, SPCK London 1998

Miles, MR, Seeing and Believing, Beacon, Boston 1996.

Monaco, J How to Read a Film, OUP, New York, 2009

Pinsky, MI, The Gospel According to the Simpsons, Westminster John Knox Press, 
Louisville, 2001

Pollard, N & Couch, S, Get More Like Jesus While Watching TV,  Damaris, Bletchley, 2005

Sanders, T, Celluloid Saints, Mercer Press, Macon, 2002

Schelde, P, Androids, Humanoids, and Other Science Fiction Monsters: Science and Soul in Science Fiction Films, New York University Press, New York, 1993.

Staley, JL & Walsh, R, Jesus, the Gospels, and Cinematic Imagination, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, 2007

Stone, B, Faith and Film: theological themes at the cinema, Chalice Press, St. Louis, 2000.

Tanner, K New Theories of Culture, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1997

Tatum, WB, Jesus at the Movies, Polebridge, Santa Rosa, 1997

Taylor, B, Entertainment Theology, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, 2008

Telford, W; Christianson, E; Francis, P, Ed’s Cinema Divinit√©: Religion, Theology and the Bible in Film, SCM, London, 2005

Thomson, D The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, Little Brown, Lancaster,

Time Out, Film Guide, Penguin, London, 2004

Turner, C, Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and          
           Defined a Generation, Ebury Press, 2004

Walsh, R,  Finding St Paul in Film, T & T Clark, London, 2005

Wartenberg, TE, Thinking on Screen: Film as Philosophy, Routledge, Abingdon,

Wink, W Engaging the Powers, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1992

Wright, MJ  Religion and Film, I.B. Taurus, London, 2007


Aitken, P, Another Hundred Years of Jesus Christ on Film,

Chattaway, PT, Jesus at the Movies,

Hollywood Jesus at

McEver, M, The Messianic Figure in Film: Christology Beyond the Biblical Epic,

 Please notify me of any broken links


Short/weekend informal courses

Gladstone’s Library

Longer more formal courses

University of Nottingham

University of Edinburgh


Brandon Plantz said...

This is a great list. Thank you. I'm gonna promote it on my @Ent_Theo_Com Twitter page. And, if you're interested here's link to my unfortunately neglected blog:


Duncan Strathie said...

Brandon - many thanks for the encouragement. I'll certainly check your blog out.


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