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Create Wonder (Building a Better Christian Novel Pt 4)

I review Christian books, mostly nonfiction ones but I do get a Christian Fiction novel or two each month. Occasionally I’ll get one that I enjoy, and frequently I’ll give 3 or 4 stars just because I know the author means well and it’s not too terrible. However, most of the time I’m just not …

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The Need to Do Art Well (Why Art Can’t be Strategized Pt 2)

In an earlier post, I suggested that artists can't ultimately control which spiritual themes people see in their work. This raises an interesting question: if making art is ultimately about leaving room for God to speak to peoples' hearts, then why do art well? Can't he use bad art as well as good art? Yes, …

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Review: Beautiful Light Film by Roy Anker

If you're looking for a Christian author who writes about film in a deep and meaningful way, I highly recommend checking out Roy M. Anker. Anker, formerly professor of film and literature at Calvin College, analyzes everything from crime films to historical dramas, noting spiritual ideas in their plots. Beautiful Light: Religious Meaning in Film, …

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Transcendental Style (God in Film Pt 9)

This blog post really should have come earlier. When I started this blog series on how literally showing God or angels in movies may always feel cheesy and therefore we should consider alternate ways to talk about the divine, I mentioned two writers who've really influenced this series: Roy Anker and Paul Schrader. Anker argued …

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Can Movies Show God? (God in Film Pt 1)

Quite a lot has been said about Christian films in recent years, particularly the kind of independent Christian movies that became so popular after Passion of the Christ came out. Many Christians have argued for and against these Christian films for various reasons. One big point of contention is how Christian films usually portray miracles. …

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