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Commentaries on The Passion of the Christ

"The Passion of the Christ"
By Lee Ramsey
"Christian or not, anyone who decides to see this movie should by now be properly forewarned. Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ is relentlessly violent, violent, violent. ... "

"What Was the Passion of Jesus?" (Audio only)
By Marcus Borg
" ... Gibson's movie ... sees the death of Jesus ... as foreordained by God, the will of God ... It had to happen. ... The movie betrays the passion of Jesus. His suffering and death were the result of his passion for the Kingdom of God. ...God does not require anybody's suffering. ... "

"The Bigger Picture"

By Simon Cohen
What is the worst thing you have ever done? Did you curse yourself afterwards, feel a deep sense of shame, and make an empty promise that you would never do anything like it again, and you would be a good person for the rest of your life? That’s how I felt after watching The Passion of the Christ. ...

"The Gospel of Truth" - Reflections on The Passion of the Christ
By Stephen Montgomery
" ... In this post-modern world there are some who say there is no such thing as truth. And part of the problem is that we in the church make some truth claims that aren’t true, but we say them because they are true. Do you know what I mean? ..."

"Ponderings on The Passion"
By Mark Beckwith
"It is classical medieval theology. Jesus offers himself as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. That is the underlying theme of The Passion of the Christ, and to his credit, Mel Gibson’s film is congruent with this medieval message, which still casts its influence over vast swaths of the Christian landscape. ..."

Two Commentaries
By Lowell Grisham

"How to Watch The Passion of the Christ"
for those who have not yet seen the movie
" ... I expect to be deeply moved by The Passion. One thing it will do is witness to the vicious cruelty of crucifixion, which has been too domesticated by our jewelry and art. The cross was exceedingly ugly. That's real. ..."

"After the Curtain Falls: Thoughts on a Misguided Creation"
"I don’t know if Mel Gibson’s Passion will inspire people to become Christians, but it certainly is a compelling promotional piece for Amnesty International and the Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. ..."



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