Religious Faith and Science in Contact

  • Author(s): Bryan P. Stone
  • When: 1998-10
  • Where: Journal of Religion & Film
  • The popular film, Contact, explores head-on the relationship between religious faith and science, especially with regard to technology and its role in human life. At a number of points in the film, the audience is sent the message that a positive relationship is possible between faith and science. Indeed, the two are often treated as similar to one another in basic structure and, perhaps, even in need of one another. Implicitly, however, at the level of standard filmic conventions, Contact offers no clear and compelling vision of religious faith and ultimately the relationship between faith and science breaks down as the former is reduced to a caricature.

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