Kutter Callaway

Kutter Callaway

Kutter Callaway is the Director of Church Relations and an Affiliate Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. His theological musings are often focused on contemporary culture. His book, Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience, on the theological significance of music in film, is due out in January of 2013 through Baylor University Press. He also contributed to Halos and Avatars (2010), the first book on theology and video games, and Don't Stop Believin' (2012), a dictionary of religion and popular culture.

049 RS Podcast What Puts the “Biblical” In Biblical Films?

Elijah Davidson, A.C. Neel, and Kutter Callaway
049 RS Podcast What Puts the “Biblical” In Biblical Films?
Darren Aronofsky's Noah prompts our co-hosts to consider what the word "biblical" really means.

Missing the Boat: Christian Cultural Engagement and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah

Kutter Callaway
Missing the Boat: Christian Cultural Engagement and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah
The longer I sat and watched Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, the more uncomfortable I became. Actually, uncomfortable is the wrong word. Troubled is better–perhaps even angry at times, but not by anything I had encountered in the theater that day...

Interfaith Dialogue Toolkit for Son of God

Kutter Callaway
Interfaith Dialogue Toolkit for Son of God
Son of God provides an interesting opportunity for inter-faith dialog. We've prepared a toolkit to help.

The Movie Is Good, But the Soundtrack Will Change Your Life

Kutter Callaway
The Movie Is Good, But the Soundtrack Will Change Your Life
These distinctions between folk music and commercially successful music reveal a great irony - one that Llewyn very much embodies. Because he is a “genuine” folk musician, Llewyn is almost required to look upon everyone who actually succeeds in gaining a popular following as a superficial, talent-less commodity...

RS Podcast 028 - Silence in Westerns

Kutter Callaway
RS Podcast 028 - Silence in Westerns
Kutter Callaway considers the use of silence in Westerns.

Django’s Unflinching Look at America

Kutter Callaway
Django’s Unflinching Look at America
Tarantino’s film offers Americans a timely opportunity to stare into our own hearts and see it for what it really is. As such, Django is not for the faint of heart. But that may very well be the point: some truths are simply not pleasant. In fact, they are downright disturbing...

The Minor/Major Hope Offered in Magnolia

Kutter Callaway
The Minor/Major Hope Offered in Magnolia
I wrote the bulk of this article long before the recent shootings in Newtown CT. But as I read it again in light of this tragedy, I am reminded why Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia continues to haunt my imagination...

RS Podcast 016 - The Godfather and Elf

Kutter Callaway and Elijah Davidson
RS Podcast 016 - The Godfather and Elf
On this week's Reel Spirituality Podcast, we consider families of all kinds be they composed of people, elves, wiseguys, or any combination of the three. James Caan makes two appearances, so maybe he's the glue that holds our families together. Maybe not...

Hearing the Watchmen

Kutter Callaway
Hearing the Watchmen
In a somewhat ironic turn, the (apparently) transcendent perspective of the music runs counter to and is the complete opposite of the godforsaken indifference with which the film begins. In this sense, the film and the music therein are both confused and confusing regarding transcendence, its possibility, and its significance...

American Beauty:  Music, Marimbas, and the Mundane

Kutter Callaway
American Beauty:  Music, Marimbas, and the Mundane
Ultimately, though, just as the marimba leitmotiv signifies the characters’ aesthetic impulses, the transformation of this leitmotiv signifies a reorientation of their basic understanding concerning the good, the true, and ultimately, the beautiful...
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