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background image THEO 238 – Theology in Film January 8 th , 2018 (WEEK 1) Eschatology  The theory of the end of time or the end of things (end 
of the world/ environmental collapse) 
Utopia  best possible word  Dystopia  The worst possible world  What does it mean to say a film is “theological?”  Treats a founder or major feature (Jesus) or figure (Joan of Arc) or an 
event (reformation) 
Or a theme of religious importance (prayer, meditation) ethical or 
moral issues (genocide, war) Acts as a promo or ad for a religious view 
or institution (book of Mormon) 
It can borrow symbols, poke s fun or satirizes and institution or 
analyzes from a sociological point of view. 
May discuss narrative and truth Examines in a narrative context a particularly troubling social issue. 
Imagines a world where difficult ethical decisions must be made. 
Look for the following  Archetypes  models of ideal or unique person.  Allusions  an indirect reference to someone or something religious or 
Metaphors  similar to an allusion, but more direct a comparison How to identify a theological and an apocalyptic film?  Apocalyptic Dark future dystopia that follows an explicit or implicit 
challenge about moral choice in the present. 
  Big fish   The question of the meaning of life, what is truth. Do they have to be 
factually true for it to be true? (growing up in a family that tells false 
Father tells his son many stories that are very elaborate  catching a 
catfish and retrieving his wedding ring, seeing his death in the glass 
eye of a witch, sent himself as a human sacrifice to a giant etc. Son 
just wants the truth from his father on his death bed.
 Attempts to sacrifice himself to the giant Thor reference.  Father is telling absurd stories that have a moral theme. Like the bible 
and other religious stories, they are trying to portray the truth in a very
obvious way and exaggerated way.

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School: Concordia University
Department: OTHER
Course: Theology in Film
Professor: Matthew Anderson
Term: Spring 2018
Name: THEO 238 - WEEK 1
Description: Big fish + The Trueman show
Uploaded: 01/24/2018
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