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Shenandoah: A Film You are not Likely to See These Days

October 16th, 2006 | 4 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

Recently, I watched the 1965 Civil War film Shenandoah starring the lovable Jimmy Stewart. The film deals with the question of what it means to be an American, as seen through the lives of the Anderson family, of which Stewart’s character, Charlie, is the head. The film portrays this family as independent, seeing its share of troubles, and, ultimately, needing to go back to church to find meaning in life.

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Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.