The other day I received some good news from one of my publishers, InterVarsity Press. The book I co-edited with Doug Geivett last year, Faith, Film, and Philosophy, is going into a second printing. This is gratifying because it means the book is selling at a decent clip. The responses of our readers are more important than sales, of course, but it’s always nice to know that your book is not wasting your publisher’s efforts and expenses. The folks at IVP, especially Andy LePeau and Gary Deddo, believed in this project from the outset, and Doug and I are indebted to them for getting behind our vision for the book. It feels good to see that support rewarded.
In case you’re not familiar with Faith, Film, and Philosophy, the book features essays by fourteen philosophers (including Doug and myself), each which discusses a film (or two or more) from a Christian perspective. The films discussed include dramas, comedies, documentaries, and horror films—classic and contemporary, domestic and foreign. And the philosophical issues explored range across many of the major areas of philosophy, such as epistemology, philosophy of mind, ethics, and philosophy of religion. Contributors include James Sennett (on Citizen Kane), David Hunt (on The Matrix), Ron Tacelli (on horror films), Win Corduan (on Hong Kong films), and Dallas Willard (on American Beauty, Cider House Rules, and Pleasantville).
Doug has put together a website featuring more information about the book and other content related to film and philosophy: http://www.faith-film-philosophy.com/. When I complete work on my current project—a Philosophy introductory text—I’ll have more time to contribute content to that website, such as film reviews. But Doug already has some interesting stuff posted. I recommend checking out Doug’s blog as well.
Congrats on the second printing, Jim! May many more follow…