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Screening the Afterlife

Theology, Eschatology, and Film

By Christopher Deacy

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Format: Paperback, 200 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 31 October 2011
Screening the Afterlife is a unique and fascinating exploration of the 'last things' as envisaged by modern filmmakers. Drawing on a range of films from Flatliners and What Dreams May Come to Working Girl and The Shawshank Redemption, it offers the first comprehensive examination of death and the afterlife within the growing field of religion and film. Topics addressed include: the survival of personhood after death the language of resurrection and immortality Near-Death Experiences and Mind-Dependent Worlds the portrayal of 'heaven' and 'hell'. Students taking courses on eschatology will find this a stimulating and thought provoking resource, while scholars will relish Deacy's theological insight and understanding.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Acknowledgements 1. Mapping the Afterlife in Theology, Eschatology and Film 2. Resurrection or Immortality?: The Body and the Soul in Theology and Film 3. Near-Death Experiences and Mind-Dependent Worlds in Theology and Film 4. Towards a Cinematic Realized Eschatology: The Afterlife as Now 5. Heaven and the New Jerusalem as a Place on Earth: Case Studies of Working Girl and The Shawshank Redemption 6. Punishment or Rehabilitation?: Competing Perspectives on Hell in Theology and Film 7. Conclusion: Using Film to Revisit Eschatology. Bibliography. Index

About the Author

Christopher Deacy is Senior Lecturer in Applied Theology at the University of Kent, UK. His books include Screen Christologies (2001), Faith in Film (2005) and Theology and Film (2008).


"Chris Deacy is a theologian who knows how to look at film. This is among the best books yet published that evidences a robust two-wayadialogueabetween serious theology and Hollywood films. I will use Screening the Afterlife as I reflect on how best to teach eschatology." - Robert K. Johnston, author of Useless Beauty and Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA

EAN: 9780415572590
ISBN: 0415572592
Publisher: Routledge
Dimensions: 23.11 x 15.24 x 1.27 centimetres (0.30 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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