Sacred Symbols and the Depiction of Religions in Millennial Movies (1997-2002)

Natural disasters, law and order (and disorder), war and patriotism, fantasy and escapism have each taken turns capturing the collective imagination at the movies. With the arrival of the year 2000-the dawning of the twenty-first century, the third millennium-the film and television industries turne...

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Published in:Journal of media and religion
Main Author: Feit, Jonathon Scott
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group [2004]
In:Journal of media and religion
Year: 2004, Volume: 3, Issue: 3, Pages: 133-150
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:Natural disasters, law and order (and disorder), war and patriotism, fantasy and escapism have each taken turns capturing the collective imagination at the movies. With the arrival of the year 2000-the dawning of the twenty-first century, the third millennium-the film and television industries turned their cameras on a generally taboo subject: religion. Perhaps it was because-although religion is normally considered too personal, too particular, and too potentially incendiary-enough believers were concerned about the implications of the chronological milestone to justify making religiously themed projects. Or perhaps it was because millennialist and apocalyptic groups appeared suddenly and dramatically in public, rousing heightened fear and curiosity. But creative attention does not necessarily go hand in hand with thorough scholarship, so in this article, we explore the depiction of religion and religions (including Judeo-Christianity, Scientology, and Satanism) in several films released in close temporal proximity to the second millennial shift-the year 2000-and we consider their intentions in context.
ISSN:1534-8415
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of media and religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1207/s15328415jmr0303_1