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October 07, 2003

The Passion

Greg Easterbrook has a perspective on The Passion that I think is pretty on-the-mark, neither lionizing Gibson, nor falling behind the ADL's screaming. I had to debate whether to put this in the "politics" or "religion" category-I decided to put it in "politics."

Posted by razib at 12:10 PM

I decided to put it in "politics."

Good decision. As far as I can tell the whole dust-up over The Passion has little whatever to do with religion.

Posted by: Katy at October 7, 2003 03:37 PM

"Gibson is asserting his work is "the truth," historically accurate in the factual sense. Jesus . . . died, and rose again to redeem the sins of the world; that, I feel sure, is truth. ***Everything else is speculation***."


Do religious folk ever, ever stop and feel just a little bit guilty about all the intellectual integrity they must compromise to maintain their (social) belief systems?

Posted by: Jason Malloy at October 7, 2003 05:14 PM

That was a pretty strange line, even from a believer, too bad TNR's editors didn't pick up on it.

Posted by: Scott at October 7, 2003 06:08 PM

nope-childhood sexual urges leave them with enough guilt to last a lifetime.
Easterbrook is wrong about the second Mad Max movie-Road Warriors. Mad Max(1) and Thunderdome (3) sucked, it's true, but Road warriors is on my top ten list of great movies. I love postapocalypsism- a brilliantly conceived and executed film.

Posted by: martin at October 7, 2003 06:13 PM

i don't mind gibson movies for what it's worth-yes, they are moralistic sometimes, but so are many movies, though from a different political slant. there aren't many libertarian atheist movies out there-so i'm not picky on politics.... (and sometimes politics is hard to pick up-did you get that logan's run was a conservative tale cautioning against social engineering???)

Posted by: razib at October 8, 2003 10:48 AM

How does the new "Luther" movie deal with his antisemitism?

I haven't seen it myself yet - curious to know how this tricky subject is dealt with

Posted by: ToOmUcHWoRk at October 8, 2003 06:47 PM