Hollywood Worldviews was the first book to come out that taught Christians how worldviews are integrated into movies and television. It has guided a generation . Hollywood Worldviews. Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment. Updated and Expanded. by Brian Godawa · Cultural Analysis. In Hollywood Worldviews, filmmaker and screenwriter Brian Godawa (To End All Wars) weighs in on the task of “Watching Films with Wisdom.

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Fantastic insight into the worldview messages of Hollywood films. I’ve always been one to enjoy a good movie, including one that makes me think about the story, it’s message, or whatever it was attempting to convey.

He’s also influenced by Van Til’s Presuppositional apologetics another major plus! Although I don’t always find myself in agreement with his assessments, he does a great job of articulating great questions to ask while hollywoid a film, its story, and its corresponding worldview. In dealing with objectionable content like sex and violence, an important point is it is the context of the worlddviews that determines its status. Accordingly, Christians should cultivate a sophisticated understanding of how those mediums are employed in our culture.

Another keen observation is that vodawa though most of the theology in these kinds of movies is lacking they often do inspire discussion and a curiosity for biblical truth. It seems we either avoid all movies or watch too many of them. The book ended in an anti-climactic and rushed fashion.

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To pick something good about a Two big critiques: I suspect the same will be true of many readers. Do you think movies are “harmless” and the producer, screenwriter, etc. This review offered a summary and analysis of Hollywood Worldviews by Brian Godawa. You buy your tickets and concessions, and you walk into the theater. But perhaps the greatest compliment I can give Godawa is that this book made me want to watch more btian and to help others do the same.


Award-winning screenwriter Brian Godawa guides you through the place of redemption in film, the tricks screenwriters use to communicate their messages, and the wirldviews and spiritual discipline required for watching movies.

HOLLYWOOD WORLDVIEWS: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment

The book was written inso most of the movies it refers to are years old now. The very essence of the Christian faith centers on the identity of Jesus Christ as God’s only begotten Son, who alone is the source of salvation and author of faith Acts 4: Lewis, argues that Christianity is the underlying truth behind the monomyth.

Paperbackpages. The book does go maybe too much into the direction of mentioning movies and their short synopsis as examples an masse, but Brian Godava tries with this book to show how modern philosophies, mainly existentialism and postmodernism, are reflected in movies.

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All in all, these example should stir a Christian to be careful with discerning and watching movies with Godly wisdom–and while watching out for swearing, needless violence and sexual sins are important, we as believers must also watch out for the IDEAS that film impart to us. In Part 2, Godawa covers the different worldviews and philosophies that shape movies, particularly existentialism and postmodernism.


But overall, this was a really good read that broadened my perspective and gave me more tools to use when watching films. Aug 28, Brian K rated it liked it Shelves: It is good enough to bear reading again in a few years, and I plan to do so.

It is something to chew on even if not every Christian will find themselves in agreement with the author. More of his writing can be found at www.

I highly enjoyed reading this book. Is it dehumanizing or humanizing? Nov 18, Adam Calvert rated it really liked it Shelves: Chapter three tackles the major elements of a movie.

He also goes into detail about how the themes, concepts, and ideas found in movies are also in the Bible, and covers how they are used for very different reasons. East Dane Biran Men’s Fashion.

Godawa then looks at spirituality in the movies and shows how various movies have presented a certain take on what they view the spiritual world to be like.

This chapter is one that a Christian might want to read carefully and perhaps revisit even after a first reading of the book. Write a customer review.

He moves forward to examine existentialism, postmodernism, romanticism, monism, evolution, humanism, and neo-paganism before moving onto looking at Christianity in the movies, including the portrayal of Jesus, Christian practices, and spiritual warfare in film.