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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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Godawa takes the position that movies both reflect and influence society. Not only do they reflect the worldview and the values of people within society but they also seek to teach others to embrace these values and worldviews. Thus by studying film we godaawa understand cultural trends. We can understand what people believe and what people are going to believe.

This arms us as we seek to reach out to this world with the good news of the gospel. After two chapters of introduction to storytelling, Godawa holpywood to worldviews in the movies, showing through example after example how every movie communicates something of a worldview.

The most common worldviews communicated today are existentialism and postmodernism, though others are certainly present to varying degrees. Having discussed worldview, he turns to spirituality and shows how Hollywood has portrayed Christianity, angels and demons, heaven and hell, and faith.

I was able to see how I have not been sufficiently discerning in understanding what movies are attempting to communicate. I will be watching movies more carefully in the future and will be seeking to discern what lies behind the story.


It seemed strange to me, as I read the book, that one of the topics that is likely to be most important to Christians as they consider movies is relegated to an appendix. In many films these acts happen within an ungodly worldview and in a way that is never redemptive.

If the book has a failing, it is right here. Godawa simply does not provide a satisfactory rationale for watching movies in the first place—or at least movies that include sex, violence and profanity. He seems usually to draw the line not with certain acts or with a certain level of immortality, but rather with good or bad filmmaking and storytelling.

Godawa seems to fall into a trap of equating words and pictures.

Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom & Discernment – Brian Godawa – Google Books

In so doing he ignores the power of pictures and the fact that pictures and words communicate in different ways. Brjan is for good reason, I am sure, that God chose to communicate through a written rather than a visual Scripture. Simply because God saw fit to include an element in Scripture does not give us license to portray it visually. It is also important to note that the descriptions of sexuality and violence with the Bible typically arise in historical descriptions.

And there is a difference between describing history and fabricating a story.

todawa A description of the horrors of the holocaust may be necessary in describing and hence in understanding history. Fabricating a story describing those same stories is not in the same category. What Godawa set out to do, he did well. He showed that every film communicates a worldview godawq he gave tools to help discern those worldviews.


Perhaps he should have just left the appendix out of the book. Rather, he left me unconvinced. I suspect the same will be true of many readers. This oversight aside, I found Hollywood Worldviewswith the exception of that appendix, a good and valuable read. In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor.

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If you would like to write a letter to the editor, you can do jollywood here. Reviews Latest Reviews By Category. Recommendations Let me help you find the best books on: Are we to be cultural gluttons, immersing ourselves in the culture around us so we can speak to it from the perspective of first-hand experience? Are we to be cultural anorexics, avoiding culture altogether lest it corrupt us?

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