Re: The Passion
- --- Loren Rosson wrote:
> ... if the film isI think that "taken in conjunction" is very much the point. Mel G,
> taken in conjunction with what many scholars tell us
> about the historical Jesus, I think the redeeming value stands.
like his favored pre-Vatican II Catholicism, essentially divorces
the passion from J's ethical and social views. To quote Crossan's
review (which you evidently don't like):
> Why, then, is the savagery of those Roman penalties expanded soadvertising, especially the line: "Dying was his reason for living."
> luridly in this film? We get a clue from the film's promotional
This is the Death Tradition with a vengeance. J's life is seen, as
above, as being nothing but a prelude to his death. First, he does
some good stuff in Galilee, then he goes up to Jerusalem to fulfill
his destiny. A+B, but in the end A isn't all that important. His
enemies had no reason at all to arrest him except spite at best,
Satanic influence at worst. The net effect of all this is that one
DOESN'T "conjoin" the HJ with the sacrificial Christ; rather, one
fixates on sin and guilt and ignores the ethical and social message.
I know, cuz I was there in the 50's Catholicism that Mel invokes,
and that's what we did. (Interestingly, we had a Catholic movie-
rating system that had the force of sin behind it. 'C' [for
'condemned'] was the rating given to movies which it was a mortal
sin to see - and woe betide the local theater if they dared to show
such a film. I'm sure that any other movie with this kind of content
would have been given a 'C', but since this one is right up their
alley, they would probably have excused it in the same way that
radically-traditionalist Christians are now doing.)
Mt. Clemens, MI
- Mark Goodacre makes note on his blog that the Passion of the Christ will be
available on DVD on Aug 31.
Just when you thought the chatter was over!
Dr Jim West
Pastor, Petros Baptist Church
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