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Celluloid SermonsThe Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986$
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Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814753248

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814753248.001.0001

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Reformed and Dissenting Images

Reformed and Dissenting Images

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Celluloid Sermons

Terry Lindvall

Andrew Quicke

NYU Press

This chapter illustrates how denominational films remain a mixed bag of ecumenical and sectarian products. Like the Methodists did in their features on John Wesley, Lutherans would release their own hagiographic pictures on their founders and the Episcopalians would feature the Anglican scholar C. S. Lewis. Denominational films are also marginalized in several ways. A 1959 statistical study on media audiences and religion investigated the actual use of these motion pictures. Most were used in parochial religious education; however, more than one-third of the churches felt that the films were too long for effective use. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm for making and using films had spread throughout numerous denominations like the Methodists and Lutherans. Each group tailors the content of their films for specific purposes, such as evangelism or the promotion of social justice.

Keywords:   denominational films, Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, religious education, evangelism, social justice

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