Three Theses about the Passion
It is not generally clear if this controversial movie has a specifically new philosophical message for the viewers. Is it about Christianity, or about religion in general, or about sacrifice and redemption? The author has three things to say in this query. First, the movie represents the characteristically fundamentalist version of Christianity, in which the suffering of crucified God is placed side by side with the suffering of true believers who witness its re-enactment. Second Mel Gibson has crated an 'idolatric' image of Jesus Christ rather than an 'iconic' vision. By such rendering of his topic he has deprived the story of one important aspect. The sacrifice of Christ is not presented as an act of love but rather as an act of endurance and dedication. Thirdly, Jesus is shown as a figure that can transgress all rules of nature and all historical conditions. By making his choices Gibson produced a picture that revives the old tenets of heretical doketism.
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