We need them, in fact, to understand who we are, where we come from, and where we’re headed. And this is why even secular movies can become the occasion of a sacred experience. As Saint John Paul II wrote, “Even beyond its typically religious expressions, true art has a close affinity with the world of faith, so that, even in situations where culture and the Church are far apart, art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience.”
Everyone familiar with Christopher West's courses, lectures, books and blog posts knows that he is a movie enthusiast. Next to music, they’re his favorite art form. "There is just no more powerful way to tell a story, it seems to me, than through the visual medium of a well-crafted, artfully produced film," he says.
Over the years he has written a great deal about how certain movies create this bridge. Now, for the first time, and in response to numerous requests, he has collected those writings in one place: a FREE new eBook titled Theology of the Body at the Movies!
This collection of essays features more than two dozen films, from Oscar-winning Babette's Feast (1987), Avatar (2009) and Braveheart (1995) to current box-office hits Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and La La Land.
Pope Benedict XVI maintained that each one of us should take the time “to follow with our minds and our hearts a tale, a story in which to immerse ourselves, in a certain sense ‘to lose ourselves’ to find ourselves subsequently enriched.” May this little collection of writings on movies help you enter into that enrichment.
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