Faith playing a role in Hollywood: Religion in movies a new form of education experts say

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  • WisCoug VERONA, WI
    Nov. 14, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    Not well received by this author, but I really enjoy the movie Saved. Certainly the characters are over the top, but the message is essentially 1 Cor 13. Be as religious as you wish, attend a private christian school, go to church, have visions, make all the right choices, etc., but if you don't have charity - if you are intolerant and judgmental - then in the end you are (and will have) nothing.

  • FaifeauSam Lehi, UT
    Nov. 13, 2013 6:16 a.m.

    If we're going to go into movies, let's not forget the TV movies or series like "Doc" with Billy Ray Cyrus or "Touched by an Angel," and others. I believe these were taken off the mainstream TV fare because they were too good for the critics but they are still available on cable and in syndication. "Doc" has a message of hope and inspiration on every episode. It would be nice if these could be brought back; they are so much better than the violence and evil that so many shoot-em-up movies that are being produced in today's market. Of course, that's just my opinion.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Nov. 5, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    I enthusiastically endorse "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" for its footage of Borat's visit to a good ol' southern Pentacostal (I think) revival. Make it a double-feature with "Hell House," a documentary about religous-themed haunted house exibits put on by some of our more . . ummm, "committed" Christian brethren. Those will tell you a lot more about a dedicated religous mindset than "Ben Hur" or "Evan Almighty" will.

  • andrew h Twin Falls, ID
    Nov. 3, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    The author of this article states that, "Since the days of "Ben-Hur" (1959) and "The Ten Commandments" (1956), religious-themed films have been making a stamp on the box office." Has the author never heard of the 1923 version of "the 10 Commandments", "The King of Kings" (1927), Ben Hur (1925), "The Sign of the Cross" (1932), "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), "Samson and Delilah" (1949) The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), The Robe (1953),Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Bicycle Thieves (1947),Diary of a Country Priest (1950), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), The Nazarin (1951), Saint Joan (1957),The Song of Bernadette (1943), "The Bishop’s Wife" (1947), "The Bells of St. Mary’s" (1945),... I could go on. I hope I made my point, "Religious Films" and Films with religious themes have existed since celluloid was invented. The author should have done more research. He seems to have assumed that religious films started with his childhood memories.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    I still really like the movie Oh God. George Burns plays God. I remember when it came out some objected to the idea of God having a body and being talked to and seen as a person. That was before I joined the LDS Church. To me it fit in well with LDS theology.

    Also back in the 1970s. there was a movie called Mohamad, Messenger of God. And they did a very respectful dipiction of Mohommad by not showing him in any form, as the Muslim people don't want any image of him being produced. The camera was always from the point of view of Mohamad himself, through his own eyes.

  • JakobLDSman58 Eugene, OR
    Nov. 1, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    Even a mundane movie like "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" had a great spiritual theme. V-ger, sent out by the "Creator" to gain knowledge, came back to earth to become "one with the creator". "Be one or ye are not mine." To those with ears to hear and eyes to see, there are so many wonderful gospel messages in many films. The Star Wars (original trilogy) is another great example of the Good vs. Evil struggle. Satan never does support his own, just as Emperor Palpatine didn't support Darth Vadar in the end. And Vadar was restored thru repentance and sacrifice. Wow, what great stuff. Don't forget the original Battlestar Galactica: Adam(a), eternal marriage, Twelve original Tribes, Quorum of Twelve, etc. There was even an actual satan character that tempted Starbuck and Apollo.

  • elarue NEW YORK, NY
    Nov. 1, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    To add to the mix of movies with religious themes, we can add The Matrix trilogy. It's got a very human character who becomes the savior of humanity simply by virtue of his own choices - "As God is, man may become," anyone? :-)

  • LDSareChristians Anchorage, AK
    Oct. 31, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    I really liked "One Night with the King".

    Quite a few LDS gentry movies are good, considering the very low production costs involved.