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Filmstrips are a halfway medium between books, with which one can argue, and movies, with which one cannot. This accounts for their innovative vitality, which they are regaining after a period of eclipse. Filmstrips, thoughtfully used, can be informative, entertaining, and conducive to discussion of the subject before, during, and after the presentation.

In this survey of innovative religious filmstrips, I will use the following code letters: c—cassette, r—record, r/c—both record and cassette available, t—text only, and tgx—text, study guide, and extra suggestions. Generally those designated tgx are among the better productions. Filmstrips aimed at the lowest grades are often good up through eighth grade. Very often, animated filmstrips are useful for primary through adult levels.


ADULTS. How We Got the Bible (c, tgx) was written by Neil R. Lightfoot, professor of Bible at Abilene Christian University. The producer, Gospel Services, is Church of Christ-related. However, except for the a cappella music and one brief reference to Alexander Campbell, Church of Christ distinctives do not enter into this excellent four-part series: “The Bible Comes Into Being,” “The Manuscripts of the Bible,” “The Translations of the Bible,” and “The Bible and Recent Discoveries.” The series is appreciative of conservative evangelical scholarship and the Revised Standard Version.

CHILDREN. How Our Bible Came to Us (r, tgx) comes from the American Bible Society and traces the progress of the Bible from its first writing to the present. Designed for junior high, the four-part series is quite general. Abingdon Audio-Graphics offers a fine, ...

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