The Banality of Evil: Polanski, Kubrick, and the Reinvention of Horror

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  • N.D. Abrams
  • N. Abrams
  • C. Bradatan (Editor)
  • C. Ungureanu (Editor)
The religious landscape in Europe is changing dramatically. While the authority of institutional religion has weakened, a growing number of people now desire individualized religious and spiritual experiences, finding the self-complacency of secularism unfulfilling. The "crisis of religion" is itself a form of religious life. A sense of complex, subterraneous interaction between religious, heterodox, secular and atheistic experiences has thus emerged, which makes the phenomenon all the more fascinating to study, and this is what Religion in Contemporary European Cinema does. The book explores the mutual influences, structural analogies, shared dilemmas, as well as the historical roots of such a "post-secular constellation" as seen through the lens of European cinema. Bringing together scholars from film theory and political science, ethics and philosophy of religion, philosophy of film and theology, this volume casts new light on the relationship between the religious and secular experience after the death of the death of God.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion in Contemporary European Cinema: The Postsecular Constellation
PublisherRoutledge
Pages145-164
Edition2014
ISBN (Print)978-0415733762
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2014
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