Tuesday, January 12, 2010
This semester's book are ordered! Woohoolelujah!
"The Story of Christianity: Volume Two - The Reformation to the Present Day,"
Justo L. Gonzalez.
"Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture," by Jaroslav Pelikan.
"Her Story: Women in Christian Tradition (2nd Edition)," by Barbara J. MacHaffie.
"A History of Christian Missions," by Stephen Neill.
"The Missionary Movement in Christian History," by somebody.
For Native Americans and Christianity:
"Missionary Conquest: The Gospel and Native American Cultural Genocide," by George Tinker.
"American Indians and Christian Missions: Studies in Cultural Conflict," Henry Warner Bowden.
"Native Voices: American Indian Identity and Resistance," by Richard A. Grounds; Paperback.
"God is Red," by Vine Deloria.
For Theology in Film:
"Hollywood Dreams and Biblical Stories," by Bernard Scott.
Plus 30-something movies, and y'all can look 'em up if you want. :-)
About Schmidt 2002
Big Night 1996
Grand Torino 2008
Groundhog Day 1993
Jesus of Montreal 1989
Lars and the Real Girl 2007
Last Orders 2002
Pieces of April 2003
Prairie Home Companion 2006
Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002
Smoke Signals 1998
Straight Story 1999
Stranger than Fiction 2006
Sudden Impact 1983
Ten Canoes 2006
The Last Temptation of Christ 1988
The Lives of Others 2007
The Passion of the Christ 2004
The Soloist 2008
The Truman Show 1999
Unstrung Heroes 1995
Whale Rider 2003
As Good as it Gets 1997
Babettes’s Feast 1987
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman 1994
Frozen River 2008
Letters from Imo Jima 2007
Million Dollar Baby 2004
Mystic River 2003
Nobody's Fool 1994
Station Agent 2003
Super Size Me 2004
The Story of the Weeping Camel 2003
The Visitor 2007
Sounds like an interesting, exciting semester ahead of you. Look forward to your reflections on your progress.
Groundhog Day?? Supersize Me??
This is a very odd list, but fun.
Also, surprised that The Mission wasn't on the list. Too obvious, maybe?
(Hee! My word verification: redcryin)
For example if you are going to watch "Water" you should see the first two of the movies "Fire" and "Earth".
But, the first parallel I thought of was this: They put everything they had into the one big party on the promise, false as it turned out, of a feast with a special guest who never came. And that is THE story of the first generation of Christians. Yet, a fine time was had by all. And the next morning, and in the next generation, life went on.
They are preparing for the Big Night waiting for their version of Godot to come and bestow victorious blessings on their Paradise.
The centerpiece is a very difficult creation, of which I cannot remember the name, but it has everything under the sun including hard boiled eggs, eggs being a symbol of new life. This creation serves as a kind of eucharistic focus.
In the end, the big, famous guest does not appear, but the night takes its meaning from the corporate body of friends eating a supper, for free - the last one for Paradise.
Deep into the night all hell breaks lose and arguments are had.
In the dawn of the next morning, Secundo makes an omelette and splits it between himself (Secundo), and someone whose name is alliterative with Christ. Primo then comes in and Secundo serves him, too.
Paradise did not succeed as they had hoped. What does one do now?
At any rate, the eucharistic symbolism is shot thru, combined with the existential experience of the eucharistic community.
Babbete's Feast has many parallels but centers on Nordic protestant stringency being punctured by gathering around a sensual meal cooked by a refugee from French wars.
But don't let us get started on that.
Like a horoscope, movies like that can have whatever meaning one wants to read into them, I guess.
Phil: I'm a god.
Rita: You're God?
Phil: I'm a god. I'm not *the* God ... I don't think.
Phil: Well maybe the *real* God uses tricks, you know? Maybe he's not omnipotent. He's just been around so long he knows everything.
And I really like that last line: He's just been around so long he knows everything.
Looking at the books, I just wonder how much "Indian" religious understanding you'll get in order to enable you to adequately understand what the coming of Christianity ment? I mean it ment a whole bunch of a different thing to the Ojibway than it did to the Sioux.
I'll offer up just two examples of the complexity of the subject. Sweet Medicine's two volumes by Powell only speak to the Cheyenne belief system. I've listened to Father Powell talk for hours on the subject and never get past the "medicine bow" meaning and uses. Then there is Wovoka's prophacy dance, The Ghost Dance, and the work by James Mooney that shows a trans-tribal relgious view and messianic movement at the end of the era of "free roaming"tribes.
Those two alone would take a semester each to understand even on a simple plane.
Not to mention the serious differences between the Christian/Native Relion interaction would have be significantly different in the early 17th century conpared to the late 19th century.
Keep us up to date on this course as you go. I bet it will be interesting.
Richard Grounds, author of one of the texts, is the prof.
Sounds like somebody I need to know, anyway, for my own history interests!
Babbete's Feast is used in like 3 classes here, ppl go nuts for it! prolly cause we're in an old german reformed area and we have stuffy people by the bushel here.
Stranger than Fiction is an AWESOME theological film. same with Gran Torino. Lives of Others is really good. Supersize Me is a great ethics film and I agree with another commenter that if you're watching "Water" ya gotta at least watch "Fire" at the very very least.
Most of the ones I've seen so far seem to make sense for the class somehow by the end of the movie. But sometimes it's a stretch.
I've read a little Endo. There's one where the story eventually winds up in the present Southwest U.S. ... I'll check into that one.