ArtLung. Feb.2004

Passion of the Christ Merchandising; Thoughts without yet having seen the film 2004 Mar 01

At ShareThePassionOfTheChrist.com you can get products tied into the film. Including a Crucifixion Nail Pendant.

I have not seen the film yet. By all accounts it is bloody and violent and lacking almost entirely of the “good bits” of the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

A movie about Jesus, it strikes me, ought to showcase more of his teachings of love.

I’m not sure there’s much to redeem a movie that’s all torture.

If you’re looking to find out more about the life and particularly the teachings of Christ perhaps you could look at the Jefferson Bible, a favorite of mine.

The idea of Christianity is this (see: John 13:34-35) at somewhere like biblegateway or another online bible source:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

That Jesus was comdemned to die and crucified are fact. To think that it must be done as a modern action movie — with slow motion blood and gore — I find it sad that it would take all that shallowness — to communicate the story of Christ.

It’s a shame the movie does not show more of the context of the life of Christ.

But every age reconstructs Christ around their own time — and perhaps in this time of war and strife, what people might seek would be to retell the story as hyperviolent tale of persecution and torture, with plenty of gore and blood.

This does not sound like the life of Christ, it sounds like Kill Bill.

Joe Crawford blogged this at 6:37pm in 2004 in March. The 1st was a Monday. You are reading this 15 years later. Comment. There are no comments Tweet. Send email. It has no hastags.

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