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Faith on Film: Theology at the Movies

Spring 2015
In Session
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 2015


Main Campus



Can a movie probe more deeply into theology than other works? Can it show the strengths and weaknesses of religious thought more directly, more dramatically? This seminar probes theology and film, examining movies with strong Christian themes. We will use film criticism and literary and art theories to look at and interpret movies that address the spiritual dimensions of life. The class will study classic directors like Buñuel, Pasolini, and Zeffirelli, tease out new meaning from familiar texts such as A Man for All Seasons and The Matrix, and make brief forays into many less familiar works and genres: Gladiator to Battlestar Galactica, an episode of Yes, Prime Minister, and one from the standup comedy of “executive transvestite” Eddie Izzard. Thoughtful analysis of a movie opens discussion up to multiple meanings, and we will think through films that question, explore, and compare ideas.


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Required Reading: 

Bolt, Robert. A Man for all Seasons: A Play in Two Acts. Vintage paperback, 1990. ISBN-10: 0679728228.


Osborne, John. John Osborne: Plays 3. Contemporary Classics, 1998. ISBN-10: 0571178472.





Recommended Reading: 

Tillich, Paul. Dynamics of Faith. HarperOne, Perennial Classics, 2009. ISBN-10:0060937130.


Chesterton, G. K. Orthodoxy. Ortho Publishing, 2014. ISBN-10: 1493508075.


Meet Your Professor

Associate Professor
Department of Astronomy

RICHARD POSS is Associate Professor of Astronomy and former Director of the Humanities Program. His research examines the role of astronomical themes in European poetry; he has published articles on Petrarch, Dante, Veronica Gambara, Walt Whitman, Thomas Hardy, and the exploration of Mars. In addition to his other activities, he regularly teaches a course in the Astronomy department called “Science and Science Fiction.”  He is a frequent instructor in the Humanities Seminars Program and has won many university teaching awards.    


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