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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Brian Godawa tackles the issue of how to watch movies and be a discerning Christian at the same time. Does the Bible speak to any of this?

This section felt as if something was missing. This chapter is one that a Christian might want to read carefully and perhaps revisit even after a first reading of the book.

Book Review – Hollywood Worldviews – Tim Challies

See all 44 reviews. If you enjoy watching movies, as I do, this book will increase your movie watching experience at least ten-fold. It follows that God uses drama as a powerful means to teach truth. Godawa says Christians can do better than either of these approaches to movies–and he shows how in this book. All in all, it’s a good book to start with in a study on where film and theology intersect. This is dangerous, but equally dangerous is another extreme called “cultural anorexia,” where a Christian avoids all movies because of beliefs that all movies are simply too worldly.


These many examples dispel the notion of mindless entertainment.

HOLLYWOOD WORLDVIEWS: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment

And hollywoor goes on to illustrate how these worldviews manifest themselves in our movies. Limited preview – In truth, Satan is a defeated foe who will be punished in Hell at the return of Christ. Postmodernists question all claims to objective universal knowledge. The author took great care to explain difficult philosophical and literary concepts in accessible language. But what about the Christian?

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Add both to Cart Add both to List. This is probably the best book that I have read on how to watch movies with your eyes wide open.

In following chapters he begins to address the Hollywood worldviews such as existentialism, postmodernism, and other worldviews. It might have also been a benefit for the reader if Godawa provided his personal ratings of the books he reviewed, perhaps giving us an idea of movies that he feels we should or should not see.

A lot of helpful information.

Lewis, argues that Christianity is the underlying truth behind the monomyth. This arms us as we seek to reach out to this world with the good news of the gospel. A blatant example of this was in his chapter on Christianity in films when he gave Bruce Almighty a generally positive review compared to many other movies in the chapter because it treats God as real He gives Bruce His powers, after all!


You buy your tickets and concessions, and you walk into the theater. Are we to be cultural anorexics, avoiding culture altogether lest it corrupt us? InterVarsity PressJan 1, – Religion – pages.

Book Review: Hollywood Worldviews by Brian Godawa | Apologetics

He provides multiple examples for each genre and subgenre he mentioned. He does an admirable job disecting movies–many of which were released in the past decade–and explaining the message that the producers are trying to convey. Sep 26, Hannah Rodriguez rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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I often found myself saying things like, “How odd! I recommend this book to every Christian.

Apologetics is a ministry of Defenders Media, c hollgwood a non-profit organization. Since movies do have an impact on our lives and we live in a media-saturated society, it is important for us to be aware of movies’ effects and know how we can discern them through Christian eyes. Godawa evaluates movies from an explicitly Reformed perspective.