302 episodes

Popcorn Theology is a podcast where entertainment and theology meet. We look at film and TV, both new and
old from a Biblical perspective, enjoying the arts to the glory of God. Join in on the conversation!

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 142 Ratings

Popcorn Theology is a podcast where entertainment and theology meet. We look at film and TV, both new and
old from a Biblical perspective, enjoying the arts to the glory of God. Join in on the conversation!

    BONUS: Film & Theology Intro

    BONUS: Film & Theology Intro

    In this live recording, James Harleman (co-host, pastor, author, cinema-guy) introduces the concepts of mindful entertainment. Starting with his Film & Theology events, to his book Cinemagogue and the Popcorn Theology podcast, James explores the history and philosophy behind our mission: dissecting narrative to point people back to the greatest Storyteller of all.

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    • 14 min
    Episode 280: Avatar: The Way of Water

    Episode 280: Avatar: The Way of Water

    Pack up the family and go for another trip to the blue planet with Miles, James and Kat. They dive into the themes of fatherhood and pacifism, and swim through the shallow philosophy and deep moral dilemmas of this blockbuster sequel.

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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Episode 279: It's a Wonderful Life

    Episode 279: It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a wonderful way to end a wonderful year for our wonderful Patreon Supporters as we review the movie THEY chose! Miles, David and James explore It's a Wonderful Life, and why this Christmas classic (or is it?) has endured for generations with themes of suffering and life's worth (plus a curious take on angels). Lasso this episode and pull it down!

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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Episode 278: Avatar

    Episode 278: Avatar

    Feeling blue? Well plug in to this episode as James, David and Miles open a Pandora’s box of spiritual themes in what James argues is (love it or hate it) perhaps the most Popcorn Theology movie of all time. Revisit this titanic blockbuster before the upcoming sequel.

    Books mentioned in this episode:
    - Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard
    - Pollution and the Death of Man by Francis Schaeffer
    - The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

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    Check out our sponsor Missional Wear; let them know Popcorn Theology sent you.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Episode 277: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Episode 277: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Popcorn Theology FOREVER! David and James are joined by Kat - seems appropriate as they cover Black Panther - as they dive into the themes of loveless lives, processing grief, vengeance and more in the depths of this thought-provoking and poignant sequel.

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    Check out our sponsor Missional Wear; let them know Popcorn Theology sent you.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Episode 276: The Rings of Power

    Episode 276: The Rings of Power

    This week longtime listener and first time guest host Eric joins David and Miles for part 2 of our exploration of the Rings of Power. Our opinions differed on the show itself, but we remained united in our fight against the dark forces of mindless entertainment. Rings of power inspired discussions on the honorable choice to help one another, the struggle against evil, the hope of redemption, and the deceptive nature of spiritual evil.

    Help us recruit more film lovers and theology nerds by sharing this episode with your friends. Rate and review the podcast wherever you listen to help attract more listeners. Follow & connect with us on social media. Support us on Patreon.
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    • 1 hr 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Micah Brueckner ,

Popcorn Theology

I was recommended this podcast by a friend and thoroughly enjoyed listening to every episode. It’s really nice to listen to people talk about movies grounded in a biblical world view! I highly recommend you give Popcorn Theology a listen.

Nathan Houchens ,

Thought provoking

This is a fun podcast but thought provoking as well. The hosts dive into film and television to see how the stories that entertain us relate to God and the Bible. As a mindless consumer this was something I never really thought about that much before but their discussions add new layers to the viewing experience as they find Biblical parallels in every story and see what we can learn from our entertainment.

The Eric G ,

Best podcast for engaging the world of entertainment

This is the best podcast for teaching you how to "engage in the art of our day" with a Godly worldview. You will learn how to Reject, Redeem, and Receive the themes found in movies and TV/Streaming series. If you only have time for one podcast listen to Renewing Your Mind with RC Sproul, but if you listen to two podcasts then make the bold and wise decision to subscribe to Popcorn Theology "and you will never view entertainment in the same way again."

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