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Film

ByR. DOUGLAS GEIVETT

Though widely considered a secularizing sedative, contemporary film reveals that God is making a comeback. Secularism is a cultural malaise reflecting the attitude that God, if God even bothers to exist, is irrelevant. But there are signs that God is still very much on the minds of filmmakers and film audiences. This chapter explores several ways in which filmmakers have wrestled with the concepts and commitments of theism. We begin with questions about the nature of theism and film. This is followed by a discussion of narrative rationality as applied to film. We then turn to concrete examples of the ways film has framed God.