Nourishing Faith through Fiction: Reflections of the Apostles' Creed in Literature and Film
Johnston, Robert, Christianity and Literature
By John R. May. Franklin (WI): Sheed & Ward, 2001. ISBN 1-58051106-6 (paper). Pp. x + 138. $18.95.
This small volume reflects a lifetime of reading and viewing by a man of both faith and letters. John R. May is one of the "deans" of the academic study of theology and fiction, whether literature or film. In this book readers are let in on many of May's favorite stories, whether presented as novels, plays, short stories, or, in particular, movies. At the same time, May includes with his faith-informed criticism a dialogue with relevant biblical texts and contemporary theologians, all toward the end of illuminating the Christian story as outlined in the Apostles' Creed.
It should come as no surprise that many of May's favorite storytellers have their spiritual roots in his tradition, the Roman Catholic Church, even if all have not remained within its walls: Graham Greene, Frank Capra, John Ford, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and Federico Fellini, to name but a few. …
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Publication information: Article title: Nourishing Faith through Fiction: Reflections of the Apostles' Creed in Literature and Film. Contributors: Johnston, Robert - Author. Journal title: Christianity and Literature. Volume: 51. Issue: 4 Publication date: Summer 2002. Page number: 686+. © 2009 Conference on Christianity and Literature. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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