Useless Beauty: Ecclesiastes through the Lens of Contemporary Film

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Useless Beauty Reveals how both contemporary movies and the Book of Ecclesiastes portray life's beauty despite its pain and futility.

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Robert K. Johnston (Ph.D, Duke University) is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of over twelve books, including Reel Spirituality and Finding God in the Movies. A past president of the American Theological Society and the recipient of two major research grants from the Luce Foundation, Johnston is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

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