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 is a Christian in the industry, making and thinking about movies with just such a motivation in mind. I appreciate the fact that he had other information available, but I didn’t look up one reference.

Sometimes I found myself reading parts of the chapters on different philosophies and asking Overall, I enjoyed this book. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Without endorsing all movies wholesale, Godawa makes an argument for the value of movies to instruct, inform, and simply reflect the God-given creativity in the creature and the beauty of creation around us. More troublesome are the moral implications as discussed in reference to Kinseya film about the infamous sex researcher.

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. Brian Godawa’s aim in this book is to help Christians to view movies intelligently. Write a customer review.

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I suppose, in this sense, that I tend toward the “postmodern” end of the spectrum, but I knew that already. To pick something good about a movie or its goals and let nollywood single thing dictate the goodness of the movie.


He moves forward to examine worldvieas, postmodernism, romanticism, monism, evolution, humanism, and neo-paganism before moving onto looking at Christia Screenwriter Brian Godawa To End All Wars wrote this investigation into different worldviews contained in Hollywood movies. While atheistic versions deny the existence of truth, there are Christian postmodernists who deny the knowledge of truth by questioning biblical interpretation e.

This is probably the best book that I have read on how to watch movies with your eyes wide open. Brian is an artisan of word, image, and story that engages heart, mind, and soul.

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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 hollywwood treats God as real He gives Bruce His powers, after all! Share your thoughts with other customers. However, If you are looking to understand worldviews at a deeper level, you would be much better off to start with Nancy Pearcey’s “Saving Leonardo: Thanks for a thorough look at this book, Cris.

Similarly, in spite of redeeming qualities, Gladiator can be viewed as pagan apologetics. He explains the hollywiod worldviews represented in different movies, clearly enough that you can apply what you learn to other movies as well.

Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment by Brian Godawa

But overall, this was a really good read that broadened my perspective and gave me more tools to use when watching films. He believes extremes are wrong, whether it’s the belief of being able to watch any and every movie that comes out and not have it affect you or being a Christian prude and declare that all movies are evil. He talks about how Christians wofldviews approach movies and how to assess quality therein. Holluwood very lucidly captures these messages and how hollwyood oppose the Christian message, but is also quick to point out where films exhibit traits that are conducive to it.


You can support our work here. 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.

By Brian Jollywood on September 1, at 6: InterVarsity PressJan 1, – Religion – pages. 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.

I was hoping for a chapter hlolywood would tie the entire book together but instead was left with a short paragraph that sort of attempted a resolution.

If you enjoy watching movies, as I do, this book will increase your movie watching experience at least ten-fold. Burrow rated it really liked it Shelves: Books of the Week. This forces the hero to a moment of self-reflection emphasizing the conflicting worldviews while promoting godaws one the author holds dear.

Or will you be discerning even in what you watch? Godawa seems to fall into a trap of equating words and pictures.