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“Listening In” Interview with Warren Cole Smith on “Reading” Films

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In spring 2018, Ken Boa led a session for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview on “How to ‘Read’ a Film.” Warren Cole Smith, who facilitated the course, decided to sit down with Ken afterward and discuss more in-depth his 10-part process for evaluating films. This was the second time Ken was a guest on Smith’s show this year (earlier, he spoke to him about his book Life in the Presence of God). 

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What Makes a “Good Movie”?

Whether you deem a movie to be “good” or not depends on your definition. It also depends on your approach to movies. Read about the five main approaches to film watching in the Christian world, ranging from an abstinence mindset to seeing films as dialogue-starters or even “divine encounters.” Also, Ken discusses questions of agenda and worldview as they relate to films.

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Great Books, Playwrights, & Poets (Ken Boa’s List)

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Reading encourages you to slow down, think deeply, and make inferences or connections. It also aids your memories, especially if you underline or mark text while you read. This list of titles, compiled by Dr. Boa, includes many classics sure to challenge your thinking and outlook—books that will “bite and sting” (as James Houston put it). Reading a physical copy is recommended, if possible,

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