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Moral Apologetics Press presents two books (in one!) on Disney & Apologetics.

The first book explores how Disney stories can serve as an effective aid in cultural apologetics and moral dialogue. The second work, an edited volume featuring a number of scholars from differing backgrounds, investigates the power of imaginative storytelling, explores Disney's live-action animation and musical allure through the lens of aesthetics apologetics, and approaches a number of popular Disney narratives in order to draw out the moral and theological significance of these beloved Disney tales.

Read more about each work below!


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“Enter into a serious examination of the whimsical worlds created by the kingdom of Disney through the eyes of those inhabiting a Kingdom centered in another world—the Kingdom of Christ. Here you will discover why Disney’s moral logic of good and evil, darkness and light, move us toward affirming goodness and justice.

Here you will encounter the similarity in moral structures between the kingdoms. Bringing curiosity rather than judgment, the authors delve into the depths of well-crafted stories, visual imagery, and musical delights to capture the treasures. They return from their adventures wiser as they reflect on the joys of this journey, ever mindful of the dangers of taking the comparisons too far.”

Annalee Ward, Director of the Wendt Center for Character Education and author of Mouse Morality: the Rhetoric of Disney Animated Films

Jeremy E. Scarbrough with Pat Sawyer

Disney is a force of formative power in contemporary pop culture, which underscores the worth of engaging it apologetically. The book considers the power of narrative, its connection to worldview presumptions (background social imaginaries), and the value of approaching moral and theological dialogue through the lenses of pop culture. Walt Disney is introduced as an authoritative storyteller in the contemporary pop-culture context, a pioneer in twentieth-century musical animation and animated features, and an exemplar for using a nonsectarian canon of narratives in order to argue, subtly, for an objective moral truth and goodness that will overcome all evil, and the beauty of a kingdom inhabited by virtuous characters. Pop-culture narratives (like Disney films) possess a power to make abstract ideas more accessible. We do not so easily feel propositions, and so we do not necessarily feel the force of an abstract argument. A good story, on the other hand, like good music (and Disney gives us both), has more direct power to move us. We feel it. And though we may not immediately recognize it, what we feel is the force of conviction—the impact of, or need for, a choice and/or a sense that something is not as it ought to be. Even if we ascribe to moral relativism, or at least suppose that we do, stories force us to bump into our deepest convictions; convictions that often compel us to cling to notions of morality, notions of justice and injustice, that carry the freight of something objective, universal, applicable to everyone, everywhere. As such, Christian apologists can find great effectiveness in using Disney stories as doorways into moral dialogue and Divine Truth.

Edited by Jeremy E. Scarbrough

This interdisciplinary volume, an edited collection, explores the power of the arts and the moral imagination in general and the apologetic value of a number of Disney’s animated features from 1937 to 2021 in particular. The volume is divided into two sections. The first section is interested in exploring the power of stories and the arts to speak to our moral and theological imagination. This section represents more of a philosophy of aesthetics with an eye toward moral and theological significance. It is an exploration of imaginative and aesthetic apologetics. The second section explores unique aspects of theological inquiry and moral formation within particular Disney narratives, including: the problem of evil in Cinderella; a portrait of redemption in Tangled; the nature and process of salvation in Pinocchio; the human condition in Raya and the Last Dragon; questions of faith and charity in Beauty and the Beast; and other avenues of exploration across additional cherished films, such as Moana, The Lion King, Hercules, The Jungle Book, and more.

About the Authors & Contributors

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