What is a spiritually literate film?

A spiritually literate film is one which speaks of, symbolizes, or is able to interpret things of God in a profound way.

In these films, God’s character, beauty, and work can be clearly seen. These are films that speak to a deeper truth and are acutely in touch with humanity as being made in the image of God. These films raise our gaze from the things of the world and direct our thoughts to the things of God while painting a bigger picture of God’s great design. By “spiritually literate” I do not mean “Christian” in that these films are written, produced or acted by Christians or that they tell stories about Christians. Spiritually literate also does not mean that the content is morally superior or theologically accurate. Some of these film-makers may have been aware or the lines they were drawing to spiritual things while others had no idea.

In short, this is a blog about films that beautifully, uniquely, and artistically cause me to think about God and contemplate Christ on a deep and profound level.

These films have helped me do what protestant theologian Samuel H. Miller described when he said

“In the muddled mess of this world, in the confusion and the boredom, we ought to be able to spot something – an event, a person, a memory, an act, a turning of the soul, a flash of bright wings, the surprise of sweet compassion – something where we ought to pick out a glory to celebrate.”

My hope in posting these is that you may find a few new movies that will help you think critically about Christ and the gospel, strengthen your faith, and push you closer to God.

RJ

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