WE ARE WIRED

FOR STORIES

​We need them to understand who we are, where we come from, and where we’re headed. And this is why even secular movies can become the occasion of a sacred experience.

 

As Saint John Paul II wrote, “Even beyond its typically religious expressions, true art has a close affinity with the world of faith, so that, even in situations where culture and the Church are far apart, art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience.”

 

Everyone familiar with Christopher West's courses, lectures, books and blog posts knows that he is a movie enthusiast. Next to music, they’re his favorite art form.

 

"There is just no more powerful way to tell a story, it seems to me, than through the visual medium of a well-crafted, artfully produced film," he says.

 

Over the years he has written a great deal about how certain movies create this bridge. Now, for the first time, and in response to numerous requests, he has collected those writings in his new book: Theology of the Body at the Movies!

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    FEATURING THESE CLASSIC MOVIES:

    NACHO LIBRE

    ​SPIDERMAN

    WONDER WOMAN

    BRAVEHEART

    THE GIVER

    I AM LEGEND

    LA LA LAND

    CAPTAIN AMERICA

    TOY STORY 3

    LES MISERABLES

    STAR WARS

    DEADPOOL

    INSIDE OUT

    TRUMAN SHOW

    APOCALYPTO

    AND MANY MORE

    WHO IS CHRISTOPHER WEST, ThD?

     

    Christopher West, ThD, is a devoted husband and father of five. As President of the Theology of the Body Institute, he leads an international apostolate spreading St. John Paul II’s life-transforming teaching through graduate level courses, on-site events and programs, clergy enrichment training, and an online global community dedicated to ongoing formation. 

     

    Beyond serving as Professor of Theological Anthropology in the Institute’s jointly sponsored M.A. program with Pontifex University, Dr. West has served on the faculties of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver; the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha; the St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in Canada; and as a visiting professor of the John Paul II Institute in Australia. 

     

    He is the author of more than a dozen best-selling books and numerous video and audio programs. He cohosts the popular podcast Ask Christopher West with his wife Wendy, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, on ABC News, Fox News, MSNBC, and in countless Catholic and evangelical media outlets.