I’ve had some really great ideas for blogs, but…
I’ve also been trying to finish the first draft of my thesis this week so I can focus on other things.
I’m certainly not out of the woods by getting the first draft done, but at least most of the conceptual work is finished, and so that frees up considerable mental space.
What I finally settled on doing was to re-think a philosophy of film from a specific Christian perspective, namely a Reformed Calvinist one. Here’s some of the arguments I advanced:
- Calvin’s thought provides a sound way to interpret the visual in theological thinking
- Because the world is inherently revelatory of God, cultural creations by his creatures are as well
- Every story assumes a Christian worldview and imitates the Christian story to some degree
- Many evangelical film analyses overcomplicate the worldview question
- In many films, the specific message is in line with teachings of Scripture
- Man inherently images God in his cultural creations, film being the supreme example
- Because of the fall, man’s cultural creations demonstrate the truth of Romans 1
If that at all interests you, let me know and I’ll see about getting a final copy (sometime early August) to you. I am trying to figure out the best way to make it available. This is mainly because I would like critical feedback to further refine the thoughts, and hopefully expand it into a book length treatment at some point.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to, 8-10 hours a day for the last week. Hopefully when I proofread on Monday it’s not total gibberish.
In the meantime, we’re heading down to Naples for the weekend.
Maybe this time it won’t end up being a lobster fest…