Movies and Apologetics

In this talk, Andrew Fellows connects the use of films to the stage of subversion in the apologetics process. This can then be followed by persuasion and proclamation.

"Subversion is getting inside a person's worldview and rattling their cage."

Film is a natural form of connection for meaningful conversations with those who are closed to Christianity. The talk is divided into four key thoughts:

1. We musn't underestimate the power of film

1.1 The power of film as an art form
1.2 The power of film as a universal language
1.3 The power of film to span the public and private spheres of life

2. Allow film to function as narrative

2.1 A great film is always connected to a great story
2.2 Don't allow your engagement with film to be fed only through the moral or the truth grid
2.3 Learn to make connections between the film narrative and our own stories
2.4 Learn to make a connection between the film narrative and the metanarrative

3. Be attentive to the worldview which lies beneath every film

3.1 Allow the worldview to enrich the story
3.2 Ask worldview questions of the film

4. Some checkpoints for our use of film

4.1 Enjoy them yourself
4.2 If a film is worth watching once, it's worth a dozen viewings
4.3 You need to know your limits and, as far as possible, the limits of those you share films with
4.4 Teach others how to watch films

© 2005 Andrew Fellows

This talk is taken from L'Abri Fellowship's extensive library of talks ( and is reproduced here by their kind permission.