Religious Themes in Popular Film
While Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ engendered major controversies and attracted capacity audiences to movie theaters, its subject matter is not unusual. Religious themes have been the focal points of movies for decades. Delve into the ways in which popular, secular films both express and influence a wide spectrum of popular beliefs about religious themes, including faith, suffering, redemption, the afterlife, the demonic, the forbidden, and destiny. Explore the different perspectives on these issues suggested by films produced in different time periods and from widely-varying perspectives.