In Praise of 'Field of Dreams'

In the modern world it's never easy finding the right way to frame spiritual themes, particularly for skeptical audiences like young men and women in high school. Classic religious or spiritual documents -- whether the New Testament or the works of St. Augustine -- simply don't capture them as easily as I wish.

Because of this, I have to turn to resources that are not overtly religious but which offer narratives, characters, or plot developments that parallel what one finds in scripture. Some of the best resources -- no surprise -- are movies.

Advertisement

To that end, one film that I show frequently is the 1989 Kevin Coster classic, "Field of Dreams." It's a fantastic film that nicely illustrates the themes of call and response and the mystery of man's relationship with the Creator. It offers an outstanding portrayal of the excitement and risks of faith.

I could go on and on about the film, but I encourage you to read Kerry Weber's appreciation for "Field of Dreams" in the latest issue of America. Titled "The Home Team," written in honor of the film's 25th anniversary, Kerry perfectly captures the reasons for the film's enduring appeal, its importance in her family, and its singular place in American cinema. If you're looking for a good film to kick off the summer, you know where to start.  

 

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

It is astonishing to think that God would choose to enter the world this way: as a fragile newborn who could not even hold up his own head without help.
Ginny Kubitz MoyerOctober 20, 2017
Protestors rally to support Temporary Protected Status near the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sept. 26. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Around 200,000 Salvadorans and 57,000 Hondurans have been residing in the United States for more than 15 years under Temporary Protected Status. But that status is set to expire in early 2018.
J.D. Long-GarcíaOctober 20, 2017
At the heart of Anne Frank’s life and witness is a hopeful faith in humanity.
Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.October 20, 2017
Forensic police work on the main road in Bidnija, Malta, which leads to Daphne Caruana Galizias house, looking for evidence on the blast that killed the journalist as she was leaving her home, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Caruana Galizia, a harsh critic of Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat, and who reported extensively on corruption on Malta, was killed by a car bomb on Monday. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)
Rarely does the death of a private citizen elicit a formal letter of condolence from the Pope.