Although suspicion toward the film industry marked many conservatives during the early s, many Christian leaders came to believe in the power of technology to convert or to morally instruct people. Thus the growth of a Christian film industry was an extension of the Protestant tradition of preaching, with the films becoming celluloid sermons. Celluloid Sermons is the first historical study of this phenomenon.
Thief in the Night , and the instructional video-films of Dobson's Focus on the Family--assessing the extent to which the church's commitment to filmmaking accelerated its missions and demonstrating that its filmic endeavors had the unintended consequence of contributing to the secularization of liberal denominations.
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Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions x x Romanowski,Calvin College "Lindvall and Quicke's Celluloid Sermons is a history of the Christian film industry that undertakes the gargantuan task of outlining its unique production, distribution and exhibition practices. Detailing different key contributors, it provides a loosely chronological look at the development of this breakaway cottage industry from the s through to the s.
The earnest, embarrassing, and energizing are all recounted with respect and rigor. Celluloid Sermons provides a foundational study of how Christian groups used film as part of the construction of their own identities. Rating details.
Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986 
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Volume 1, 2014, Journal of Christian Teaching Practice
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