A century has passed since peepshows were the rage, and it may be useful at this time to broaden the question of religion and film from morality to spirituality. Some review of the more familiar questions may position the less familiar. Why indeed should theologians, church people and those who take religion as a significant social phenomenon be interested in film at all? Beyond questions public morality, is there any such thing as a religious film? If there is, at what points do film and theology intersect, if any, and what light can one shed on the other, if any? Is it possible that film viewing may lead the imagination down a path that approaches prayer? Given my own background, my observations will have a decidedly Catholic cast to them, but I think they may hold some pertinence for other religious traditions as well.
"From Peepshow to Prayer: Toward a Spirituality of the Movies,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 6
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol6/iss2/2