THE SILENCE OF GOD by Arthur Gibson


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Seven films of Ingmar Bergman furnish the substance of these studies. The author begins with a synopsis of the action, with a detailed exposition drawing on dialogue extracts, and then offers his own theological reflections. General impressions seem to emerge, from the films, encompassing a dynamic which begins with man and ends with God. An initial absence ( a silence deriving from a lack of experience of God) gradually grows into a disturbing Presence, and not only man but God proceed through an evolution. The result is that the films, taken together, portray the mystery of the In carnation in ""an absolutely uncompromising way."" This exposition is both a suggestive commentary on the films and a discussion of questions of faith and religious experience. Excellent for those fond of Bergman enigmas -- stimulating for others intrigued by the uses of cinema for religious explorations.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1969
Publisher: Harper & Row