Scorsese and Religion


Scorsese and Religion concerns the religious vision of the great American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Not only will this volume explore the foundation of Scorsese’s interest in religion—namely, his relation to the Catholic Church—but it will also highlight the religious breadth of Scorsese’s corpus. Ultimately, this book demonstrates that Scorsese’s cinematic “re-presentation” of reality brings together various religious influences (Catholicism, existentialism, Buddhism, etc.) and topics such as violence, morality, nihilism, and so on. The overarching claim is that Scorsese, who indeed once claimed that his “whole life” had been “movies and religion,” cannot be properly understood without reflecting on the ways in which his religious interests are expressed in and through his art.

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Biographical Note

Christopher B. Barnett, D.Phil. (Oxford, 2008), is Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, USA. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he has published three monographs, including Kierkegaard and the Question Concerning Technology (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019).

Clark J. Elliston, D.Phil. (Oxford, 2012) is Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Schreiner University, USA. Interested in the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and technology, he is the author of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Ethical Self (Fortress, 2016).

Contributors are: Christopher B. Barnett, Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch Mark Dennis, Clark J. Elliston, M. Gail Hamner, D. Stephen Long, Gerard Loughlin, John McAteer, Darren J.N. Middleton, Stephen Mulhall, Cari Myers, Marc Raymond, Kerry San Chirico


This book will appeal to scholars, students, and non-specialist readers interested in film’s relation to philosophy, theology, and Christian spirituality.

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