Religion and Film

Cinematic and literary expression are often centred on religious topics. By studying the ways in which religion exists in these texts, we can see the vitality of cultural expression and learn about how religion exists in the public imagination. No prior training in artistic interpretation or religious history is required, though the course presumes a healthy curiosity about religious phenomena and cultural expression. The course trains students to think about why people sometimes enjoy seeing films about painful topics, what is the difference between “studying” and “practicing” religion is, and how we discuss whether an innovative vision is “authentic.”

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