By Sean Desilets
This ebook revisits the culture of Western spiritual cinema in gentle of scholarship on St. Paul’s political theology. The book’s subtitle derives from the account within the ebook of Acts that St. Paul was once briefly blinded within the wake of his conversion at the highway to Damascus. In imitation of Paul, the flicks on which Sean Desilets’s research hinges (including these of Carl-Th. Dreyer, Robert Bresson, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Carlos Reygadas) position a god-blind mechanism, the digital camera, among themselves and the divine. Desilets calls the posture they undertake "hermeneutic humility": hermeneutic in that it translates the area, yet humble in that it will pay particular—even obsessive—attention to its personal limits. even though those motion pictures would possibly not consciously mirror Pauline theology, Desilets argues that they perform a messianic-hermeneutic culture that runs from Paul via St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, Karl Barth, and Walter Benjamin, and which contributes considerably to modern discussions in poststructuralist literary concept, political theology, and spiritual reports. Desilets’s insightful explication of Jean-Luc Nancy’s deconstruction of Christianity and Georgio Agamben’s contemporary paintings on faith makes a considerable contribution to movie philosophy and rising serious tendencies within the examine of faith and picture. This e-book places ahead a nuanced theoretical framework that would be worthwhile for movie students, scholars of up to date political theology, and students attracted to the intersections of faith and media.
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