Christians in the Movies traces the arc of the portrayal in film of Christians from 1905 to the present. For most of the first six decades, the portrayals were favorable and even reverential. By contrast, from 1970 on, Christians-and especially Catholics-have often been treated with hostility and sometimes outright ridicule. This book explores the shift through in-depth reviews and commentaries on over 100 important films, as well as briefer discussions of 75 additional films with Christian themes or characters.
Peter E. Dans, M.D. is associate professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of Doctors in the Movies.
Chapter 1 Portraying Christians in Film Chapter 2 Piety and Passion: The Silent Era Chapter 3 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother: The 1930s Chapter 4 "There Are No Atheists in Foxholes": The 1940s Chapter 5 The Age of the Epic: The 1950s Chapter 6 "The Times, They Are A'Changin'" The 1960s Chapter 7 The Flower Children's Hour: The 1970s Chapter 8 Heaven Help Us: The 1980s Chapter 9 Broken Vows: The 1990s Chapter 10 Amazing Grace: The Millennium and After