Deep Focus

Film and Theology in Dialogue

by Robert Johnston (Author)Robe Johnston (Author)Craig Detweiler (Author)Robert K. Johnston (Author)Kutter Callaway (Author)
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"Engaging, fluent, and timely"

"Three ophthalmologists of the cinema explore how we see and understand the visual parables of our age. Film professors Johnston, Detweiler, and Callaway provide lenses that enable us not only to see the fleeting images on the screen but to see into our own myopic souls. This stellar work invites readers to join an ongoing conversation among some of the most cinematically literate companions one can find."
--Terry Lindvall, Virginia Wesleyan University

"Deep Focus is a brilliant contribution to the growing canon of books on the intersection of theology and film. The authors know and love their territory and plumb the depths of cinema's historical and cultural landscape to break open films to find what is divine and authentically human. They explore a wide range of films from the silent era to the most current box-office hits and flow through diverse genres. The text is accessible and a pleasure to read."
--Rose Pacatte, FSP, Pauline Center for Media Studies; film critic, National Catholic Reporter

"Deep Focus is an engaging, fluent, and timely book that goes beneath the surface of many recent and classic films. Three leading scholar-teachers offer readers different kinds of lenses through which to look at movies in fresh and imaginative ways. A must-read for anyone interested in the relation between theology and film."
--Jolyon Mitchell, Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh

"Great movie choices, insightful analysis, wonderful prose, rich knowledge about film and theology--this book has it all. It's a great read for all who are interested in the field of film and theology and offers the necessary tools to engage in this conversation in a knowledgeable, substantial way. Highly recommended!"
--Stefanie Knauss, Villanova University; author of More Than a Provocation: Sexuality, Media, and Theology

"Johnston, Detweiler, and Callaway provide an overview of Hollywood history, cinema aesthetics, production elements, and types of criticism, culminating with deep dives into the relationship between faith and film. Americans' media consumption continues to rise while church attendance declines; people engaged in ministry must be media literate in order to communicate effectively to their congregants."
--Thomas Parham, Azusa Pacific University


Robert Johnston, Author

Robe Johnston, Author

Craig Detweiler, Author

Craig Detweiler (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is an author, award-winning filmmaker, and cultural commentator who has been featured in the New York Times and on CNN, NPR, Fox News, and ABC's Nightline. He formerly served as president of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Detweiler is the author of several books, including Selfies, iGods, and Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century. He is also the coauthor of A Matrix of Meanings and editor of Halos and Avatars.

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Robert K. Johnston, Author

Robert K. Johnston (PhD, Duke University) is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and codirector of Fuller's Reel Spirituality Institute. He is the coeditor of both the Engaging Culture and the Cultural Exegesis series and is the author or coauthor of several books, including Reel Spirituality and God's Wider Presence.

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Kutter Callaway, Author

Kutter Callaway (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he teaches at the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He is the author of Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience, is on the editorial board of and is book review editor for the Journal of Religion and Film, and is a regular contributor to Fuller's Reel Spirituality Institute and blog.

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