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ERIC Number: EJ937331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
A Hollywood View of Christian Mis-Education
Resnick, David
Religious Education, v106 n1 p21-43 2011
"Saved!" is the first Hollywood movie to focus on private religious education and is therefore a significant milestone in popular culture. The movie is critical of the school along the very dimensions of concern to Brighouse (2006): undermining personal autonomy, fostering social divisiveness, and promoting anti-democratic values. This article is a close reading of the film's illiberal representation of Christian education, including a discussion of whether liberalism may legitimately require traditional schools to privilege autonomy over obedience. The reading focuses on the issues the film highlights (and avoids): gender identity, sexual freedom, and abortion. Finally, the film is placed within the genre of anti-private school films, which valorize individualism over loyalty to group norms. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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