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One danger and eleven types of academic disquiet whilst hunting for cinematic Christ-figures

Kozlovic, Anton Karl 2020, One danger and eleven types of academic disquiet whilst hunting for cinematic Christ-figures, Rupkatha journal on interdisciplinary studies in humanities, vol. 12, no. 4, July-September, pp. 1-31, doi: 10.21659/rupkatha.v12n4.17b.

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Title One danger and eleven types of academic disquiet whilst hunting for cinematic Christ-figures
Author(s) Kozlovic, Anton Karl
Journal name Rupkatha journal on interdisciplinary studies in humanities
Volume number 12
Issue number 4
Season July-September
Start page 1
End page 31
Total pages 31
Publisher Tarun Tapas Mukherjee
Place of publication Kolkata, India
Publication date 2020-07
ISSN 0975-2935
Keyword(s) Christ-figure
religion-and-film
sacred subtexts
Jesus Christ
Summary Christ-figures increasingly permeate the popular cinema, but hunting for them is not necessarily a benign or unproblematic activity. Following a selective review of the film and religion literature, and a preliminary scan of the popular cinema utilizing textually-based humanist film criticism as the guiding analytical lens, one danger and eleven types of academic disquiet were explicated herein. Namely: (1) When Factual Minimalism Equals Certainty: Holy Hope, (2) Misidentification: When Something Supposedly “Christian” Was Something Else, (3) When Nothing Equals Something: Creatio Ex Nihilo, (4) Spiritually Negating Christian Iconography: Form Versus Substance, (5) Some Problems with the Secular-is-Sacred Argument, (6) Film is Not a Substitute for Faith, Religion, or God, (7) Rewriting the Film: Aesthetic Violence?, (8) Tenuous Links, Strained Associations, and Uncertain Correspondences, (9) Rejecting Overt Religion for Covert Religion: Distorting Theology and Misdirecting Faith?, (10) From Symbolism Fatigue to Symbolism Cynicism, and (11) Pattern Appeasement: From Being Uncritical to Narrative Insights. It was concluded that being cognizant of the inherent dangers and sources of academic disquiet is a valuable means of expanding one’s visual and intellectual imagination, and also useful for the postmodern church. Further research into the subtextual sub-genre of the religion-and-film field was encouraged, warmly recommended, and is already long overdue.
Language eng
DOI 10.21659/rupkatha.v12n4.17b
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30148541

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