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Tony Watkins

Tony Watkins is a speaker, writer, and researcher on media and the Bible. He works alongside several organisations including Damaris Norway and the Lausanne Media Engagement Network (as Network Coordinator). He is doing doctoral research on the relationship between the biblical prophets and today’s media and is an adjunct lecturer at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communications, Norway. Tony has written, or co-written, several books including Focus: The Art and Soul of Cinema and Dark Matter: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Philip Pullman. Tony and his family are involved in Above Bar Church, Southampton.



Echoes of the Bible: How Its Themes Pervade Today's Movies and TV

Writers and film-makers may want to just tell a good story, but they inevitably communicate deeper messages. That is because our worldviews – most fundamental beliefs and values – always show through in what we communicate. The stories we tell touch on the big questions of life and function as what Peter Berger calls “signals of transcendence.” In all the countless films that have been made, most centre on a tiny number of underlying themes, which reflect central aspects of the Bible’s storyline. This workshop considers seven key themes, their connection to the Bible, how they therefore point to eternal realities, and how we can communicate these realities more effectively.


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