Richard Vance Goodwin: Seeing Is Believing

Seeing Is Believing
IVP Academic, 2022
By Richard Vance Goodwin

WHO: Richard Vance Goodwin, adjunct assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary.

HE SAYS: “Film images can be religiously powerful and even conducive to revelation.”

THE BIG IDEA: Can the images that constitute a film be a conduit of God’s revelation?

THE PROGRESSION: As part of IVP Academic’s “Studies in Theology and the Arts” series, this book is divided into two parts. Part 1, “Lenses on Revelation,” lays the theoretical foundations. In it the author examines revelation through several lenses: filmic theological, cognitive and biblical. Part 2, “Pictures of Revelation,” puts theory into practice. It’s comprised of case studies and examinations of certain films and their stylistic features.

“In an age where the West’s religious foundations are undergoing seismic upheaval, maybe for some people religious faith (or spirituality) once again requires sight.”