Comments: The Passion of the Christ

It's not just "Puritans" who don't care much for devotional art. Even High-Church Anglicans like myself might consider such imagery to be dangerously close to idolatry.

Posted by Christopher Culver at Saturday, 13 March 2004 at 6:51pm GMT

I've been recovering from a nasty little Anglican site for a few days now, and reeling over how not-thinking Christians can be when I found this one which, now that I've looked at it, is actually what it calls itself. I read what you said about gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered being the treasured of the church and I have to Amen that. No matter what church you belong to we have tended to treat them like the trash of the church. But I want to add that the mind and the heart are also the treasures of our church, and those are what keep us vital, true THINKING ANGLICANS

Posted by Christopher Gibson at Saturday, 13 March 2004 at 10:19pm GMT

I have just seen "The Passion of the Christ" for the second time. On my first viewing I was shocked by the violence, especially the flogging, yet realised the power of the film. The second time, I was swept away by the power of the imagry, and I agree that Mel Gibson has made a truly powerful work of art. Was it anti-semetic? I believe not, for the Jewish people were shown not only in a good and bad light, but also in shades of grey;just like the rest of humanity. I hope that I am a thinking Anglican priest,and realise that the strength of our church is proclaiming not only Christ crucified, but also the power of Easter, if we as a Church concentrated on this we may be renewed, we may even grow.

Posted by rev lyn at Wednesday, 7 April 2004 at 9:07pm BST