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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Companion to Religion in America
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781405169363
StatePublished - Apr 16 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Biblical and religious epics, popular for American viewers in the midst of 1950s Cold War culture
  • Commercial film industry in twentieth century - opportunities for Americans to explore religious identity and experience
  • Enthusiasm of Protestants - embracing religious possibilities of film
  • Immigrants and composition of early film audiences
  • Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ and Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ - conflicting interpretations of the life of Jesus by Catholic background filmmakers
  • Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association (MPPDA)
  • Movement for reform of exhibition practices - of early motion pictures, dominated by Christian clergy
  • Moviegoing, dismissed as mere entertainments - inconsequential to history of religion in America
  • Protestants, not uniformly opposed to the new entertainment
  • Woman's Christian Temperance Union - leaders testifying before Congress, arguing against permitting industry to regulate itself

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