14 March 2004

The Passion and the second commandment

Among the more peculiar objections I've recently heard to Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is that having a man portray Jesus is in violation of the second commandment. This objection could, of course, be levelled against all cinematic renditions of the gospels, including the famous Jesus film so championed by evangelicals and Franco Zeffirelli's reverent Jesus of Nazareth. It would also exclude all children's picture bible story books and virtually all sunday school curricula. Unfortunately this objection stands uncomfortably close to the ancient docetist heresy.

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