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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Film Suggestions?

I will be teaching an introductory theology course for undergraduates this summer.  This is a course I regularly teach, but I would like to incorporate some films into the class.  I structure the class loosely around the Apostles' Creed, and wondered if any of you out there might have some suggestions for films that could be tied in to one or more of the following sections of the creed:

Section One: The Father and Creator

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth

Section Two: The Incarnation and Soteriology
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Section Three: Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, and Sacramental Theology
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Any assistance would be most appreciated!

5 comments:

  1. For section (2) you may want to take a look at "The Son of Man". I have used it for classes and it has been a powerful example of how a movie can take the Gospel/s and join it into a contemporary setting. Here are a few links http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/orl-movie-review-son-of-man,0,2946163.story and http://www.rejesus.co.uk/blog/post/film_review_son_of_man/ and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492490/

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  2. the creed framing makes me think of Dogma

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  3. Stranger Than Fiction (yes, a Will Ferrell movie) is all about death and resurrection. Has some Eucharistic moments as well.

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  4. Section 3 - The Mission. De Niro and Irons in an amazing movie.

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  5. I'll definitely check these out. Many thanks to you all!

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