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date: 17 January 2021

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This chapter examines the claim that God shows up at the movies. It addresses such questions as: what exactly does God's ‘presence’ at the movies mean? How is a ‘reel spirituality’ described, and how might such an experience relate to natural theology? The chapter describes the results of a survey of students in the author's theology and film class, asking them to write a two-page reflection paper on one movie that had been spiritually significant to them. Five observations regarding the survey's results are then discussed. The chapter suggests that although ‘natural theology’ has traditionally had to do with rational reflection on nature, the concept can be broadened to include creativity, imagination, and intuition. The key to film becoming a spiritual/Spiritual experience for its viewers, is the so-called ‘loving eye’ rather than the ‘arrogant eye’.

Keywords: film, movies, God, natural theology, spirituality

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