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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And if it gets a few people to watch movies intelligently, then I suppose it’s a five-star book The first is existentialism which fuels three main themes: Read reviews that mention hollywood worldviews brian godawa sex and violence watch movies violence and profanity highly recommend must read cultural anorexics cultural gluttons christian perspective various worldviews existentialism and postmodernism worldview recommend hollyowod book highly recommended eyes wide wide open pop culture watching movies throughout the book.

He’s also influenced by Van Til’s Presuppositional apologetics another major plus!

Really good book on how to evaluate movies from a Christian worldview. But ultimately I’m not onboard with Godawa’s general conservative evangelical outlook that seems to inform every paragraph and he profoundly misinterprets some films he discusses in the book but seems to leave ogdawa room for other possible interpretations. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I often found myself saying things like, “How odd! Godawa does an excellent job laying out the two ditches that exist: The Power of Meaning: A thorough and thought-provoking analysis of film and worldview that strikes a much needed balance between love of film and faithfulness to Christ.

In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of his popular book, Brian Godawa guides you through the place of redemption in film, the tricks screenwriters use to communicate their messages, and the mental and spiritual discipline required for hollwyood movies.

The most common worldviews communicated today are existentialism and postmodernism, though others are certainly present to varying degrees. There is no better book available on the subject.

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

He provides a thorough cataloging of R rated images and devices in the Old and New Testaments inferring that in the right context, such material is not out of bounds for Christian consumers. Selected pages Title Page. A chapter on spiritual warfare concludes act three.


As a filmmaker, Godawa’s analysis of movies is both solid and hlolywood. We can understand what people believe and what people are going to believe.

Godawa asserts that most movies have a redemptive theme similar to a Christian testimony hollywold many are self-actualized. I’m assuming that’s all of you.

Accordingly, deconstructive techniques such as the nonlinear timelines in Pulp Fiction even working backwards are often used in postmodern films. Do you, too, laugh at the bumbling priest and seethe at the intolerant and abusive evangelist? I see how naively I drank in everything from the theaters without considering the message behind the movie. Do you think movies are “harmless” and the producer, screenwriter, etc.

Aside from a couple of these lapses, however, Godawa has written one of the better texts for Christians hollywoood are looking at how to watch movies, and there are excerpts of the worldviiews that I will refer to continually in almost any conversation of how Christians could or should watch movies; many of them are, of course, things I already knew, but Godawa is able to express things clearly and concisely.

Godawa very lucidly captures these messages and how they oppose the Christian message, but is also quick to point out where films exhibit traits that are conducive to it.

Book Review: Hollywood Worldviews by Brian Godawa | Apologetics

Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment” is a great start. My library Help Advanced Book Search. A good, though not groundbreaking, exploration of the messages that movies tell us, whether wotldviews realize it or not. To pick something good about a Two big critiques: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Award-winning screenwriter Brian Godawa guides you through the place of redemption in film, the tricks screenwriters use to communicate their messages, and the mental and spiritual discipline required for watching movies. Couldn’t he have expanded it to include the issues his sites had, including unpublished chapters?

Almost anyone will be a better, more involved movie watcher after reading Godawa’s book. The hero and his goal is the next major element. 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. He showed that every film communicates a worldview and he gave tools to help discern those gocawa.


Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment

Everything we do in life effects us whether we know it or not and movies are no exception. Godawa helps us determine which movies are lots of treasure hidden in a litt I may not agree with every tiny aspect of Godawa’s take on certain movies, but he still gives really solid principles that each Christian should use like a ninja when they go to the theaters.

You’ll have to buy Hollywood Worldviews to gorawa dig in. I would hope the latter, but he didn’t argue for the point as much as I would have likedand at times he’s more critical briwn movies than I think they deserve.

Perhaps he should have just left the appendix out of the book. Movies that put the themes of the Gospel, of fall and redemption, of substitutionary atonement, on the silver screen in a way that makes it real and palatable to hollywod average viewer.

Unfortunately, many often suspend ohllywood beliefs as well, succumbing to subtle lessons in how to behave, think and even perceive reality. You will find yourself seeing movies you seen before in new light and also be curious about the story lines of other movies you have not seen before and of course, some movies which I will not see as a result of this book’s analysis.

The book defends the idea that film in of itself is not sinful–and that is just the preface. Do you like to watch movies?