Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Son of God on Film -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
It is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a time of fasting and reflection. So, what better way to begin this season than to consider whether or not to take in the latest Jesus movie to arrive in the theaters. You may have seen the ads for it. Maybe you've seen it. Actually, if you watched any of the recent TV series The Bible, you've already seen most of this. You might call this an abridged director's cut of the mini-series (minus the Obamaesque version of Satan). I've not gone to the theater to see this, and probably won't, but its very presence is a good opportunity for conversations about Jesus movies in general. Martin Marty offers his own thoughts on the public place of films like this, and whether they actually further our connection with Jesus or do they obscure the story as told in the Gospels. Take a read, offer your thoughts.