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Sometimes films help us understand interesting perspectives on Biblical themes. These perspectives can give us new insight to contemporary interpretations of those themes, and open up new avenues for understanding, preaching, and living the text within our culture. Have you ever tried to remember what scene it was from what movie that illustrated a particular Biblical or spiritual theme? Have you ever wanted a list of cultural perspectives on spiritual themes? This project is a "concordance" of a kind - an attempt to gather together scenes in movies which serve as "comparative texts" in relationship to Biblical/spiritual themes and passages.
Check out the Church Video License (cvli.com). This is the
MPLC site license specifically for churches. It includes ScreenVue for
clips, because the right granted by the license is only to play the film in its entirety, not to show just clips of it. Both ScreenVue and WingClips offer theme and Scripture indexes. Please check with them about which studios and movies this license covers if you are not sure whether or not the movie/clip you wish to use is covered by the umbrella license. Many churches are creatively and legally using movies and movie clips in worship and education.
You can begin to search this concordance by glancing at either the Movie Title Index or the Movie Themes Index. Although this index is not currently being updated, please feel free to use the archive.
These are not necessarily "Christian" movies, in any conscious sense. Not all of these scenes/movies are suitable to show in worship, or in some church educational situations, nor am I necessarily recommending any of them for any particular person or group. All of them, however, provide perspectives different persons have found valuable or helpful as they've looked at these movies through Christian lenses (and looked at the Christian faith through these cultural lenses). May this collection enrich your study and your relationship with Christ.