Film as Religion: A Conversation

Film as Religion: A Conversation

2pm - 4pm

This session brings together John Lyden and Clive Marsh who have written and conversed about religion and film for 20 years. Take another look at John’s book Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals (due to appear in a second edition during 2018) and his thesis that film-viewing is a practice in many ways similar to religion. John will present his latest reflections and stimulate discussion about the continued relevance of the questions it raised.

Learn about the broader context of how religion and popular culture inter-relate and explore questions such as; are the practices of popular culture like religion, and in what ways do they differ? What are the advantages and pitfalls of connecting the two? Is popular culture given too much credit for influencing beliefs and values, or too little? To what extent is this influence positive, negative, or a combination of the two? How are the new ways of accessing popular culture affecting how TV, film and music are used? An exciting and provocative session is assured!

Admission to this session is free but places must be booked in advance.

For more information or to book, please call 01244 532350 or email

Lunch before the session will be available in Food for Thought.