All films have an important function to audiences. The respect for this function is the main urge of Lyden in his book. Film-watching should be considered a beneficial activity be it religious or not. According to the book, functionality of films should act as challenge to all those that discuss theology, religion, and culture. Below is an analysis of the themes in Lyden’s book and how they are demonstrated in the film The Passion of Christ that was directed by Mel Gibson
The main theme of the book is religious functionality of individual films that most people watch. To be more specific, viewers’ appeal is generated from personal interpretation as well as interpretation of ideology and theology. The theme is very basic and can be seen from the title itself Films as Religion. The religion functionality is visible in different types of films including action, western, and children films (John, 4).
The theme of beliefs and values that are established in the formal religious centers is as well clear. The two are related to faith, which is the basis of religion. When films are studied keenly, this aspect can be generated as the world culture is built on values and rituals. Theology and ideology are built on themes, which can be easily understood by keen understanding of the functionality of a film.
Demonstration of the Themes in the Film
Both religious functionality and the theme of belief and values are validated in the film The Passion of Christ. The film is built on the origin of Christianity (one of the common global religions) giving an explanation of all the values, morals, and rituals of the faith. In addition, it has the capability of instilling teachings in the audiences on the path of the religion and what is expected of them.
In brief, Films as Religion clearly defines the religious purpose of films in the world philosophy. Movies are a good way to understand the world values with the aim of accepting and confronting them. Finally, interpretation is the basis of benefiting from this characteristic of films, while at the same time enjoying and learning on various components of religion.
John, Lyden. Films as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals. New York, NY: New York
University Press, 2003, Print.