Friday, April 02, 2004

Mark Steyn takes at Passion critics

In an otherwise rather mediocre review
of the Passion of the Christ Mark Steyn still manages to entertain the reader.
Here's his hillarious depiction of those who thought the Passion was 'too
violent', 'pornographic', 'antisemitic' and so on. Oh yeah, it's ad hominem
I know but how true....

The headline on the Washington Post review
sums it up: ""Passion' Is A Gory Take On A Gentle Teacher's Violent
End". Somebody's confusing their Gospel with Godspell. A few days before
the "violent end", the gentle teacher had been hurling tables around
in the temple. And, even if you overlook the rough stuff, rhetorically Christ
was as forceful as He was gentle. That's the real argument over The Passion
Of The Christ. It's not between Christians and Jews, but between believing
Christians and the broader post-Christian culture, a term that covers a large
swathe from the media to your average Anglican vicar. Some in this post-Christian
culture don't believe anything, some are riddled with doubts, but even the
ones with only a vague residual memory of the fluffier Sunday School stories
are agreed that there's little harm in a Jesus figure who's a "gentle
teacher". In this world, if Jesus were alive today he'd most likely be
a gay Anglican bishop in a committed relationship driving around in an environmentally-friendly
car with an "Arms Are For Hugging" sticker on the way to an interfaith
dialogue with a Wiccan and a couple of Wahhabi imams. If that's your boy,
Mel Gibson's movie is not for you.