In The Washington Post, Robert W. Butler notes that more and more Hollywood films are dealing with religion lately, and he goes on to explore the causes of this trend:

The Book of EliBut why now?

“There are two schools of thought about that,” said Greg Wright, an editor at, which examines popular culture from a religious perspective.

“The more paranoid elements of our culture tend to think Hollywood has a proactive agenda, that producers have a grand scheme to use movies to shape the thinking of audiences. I don’t subscribe to that school.

“I believe that Hollywood gives audiences what audiences want to see. If people don’t want to see movies with certain messages, they won’t buy tickets.

“So if there’s a trend out there, it’s one reflecting what people are already thinking and feeling,” Wright said.

Continue reading at The Washington Post.