Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy: The Cross, the Questions, the Controversy (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy: The Cross, the Questions, the Controversy (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Jorge J. E. Gracia

Language: English

Pages: 255

ISBN: B01N8YB2IU

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy: The Cross, the Questions, the Controversy (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Jorge J. E. Gracia

Language: English

Pages: 255

ISBN: B01N8YB2IU

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ has become one of the most controversial films ever made, and it is already a blockbuster of cinematography. Its defenders passionately regard it as one of the most moving and influential pieces of religious art ever created. But its detractors argue with comparable vehemence that the violence and gore it contains, its alleged anti-Semitism, a particular take on the Christian message, and the lack of historical and Biblical accuracy, make it nothing more than a kind of political propaganda. Father Thomas Rosica hailed as one of the great masterpieces of religious art, but the secular humanist Paul Kurtz thinks of it as a political weapon in the hands of the religious right. Film critics are divided in their judgment, giving the film anywhere from no stars to five stars. Regardless of what one thinks of the film, however, its impact both personal and social is beyond question.

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could have refused to kill his mate, accepting that he too would die. As Aristotle notes, the circumstances of these actions provide excuses, but the actions are still a lot like voluntary actions. The circumstances don’t eliminate moral responsibility; they just alleviate it. By contrast, consider the kind of case in which the person didn’t choose the action at all—for instance, if he was possessed or insane or if the action was accidental. In such situations, we wouldn’t consider him guilty.

completely bad. On the other hand, we may still have strong doubts about his character. If Judas has always been greedy, it appears plausible that he betrayed Jesus for money, and then his greed wasn’t merely a lapse. This is why the passage about saving the oil for the poor in John and Matthew is crucial. It paints Judas as consistently greedy, suggesting that he didn’t simply give in to the temptation to have thirty silver coins in a moment of weakness; he was a greedy man who lived a life of

completely bad. On the other hand, we may still have strong doubts about his character. If Judas has always been greedy, it appears plausible that he betrayed Jesus for money, and then his greed wasn’t merely a lapse. This is why the passage about saving the oil for the poor in John and Matthew is crucial. It paints Judas as consistently greedy, suggesting that he didn’t simply give in to the temptation to have thirty silver coins in a moment of weakness; he was a greedy man who lived a life of

Allegra, 15, 23 Dostoevsky, Fyodor, 23, 24 Dracula (Stoker’s character), 138 Dreyfus, Hubert, 23 Droge, Arthur, 193 Dylan, Bob, 112 Eckhart, Meister (Johannes), 68, 69 Edwards, Jonathan, 239, 245 Eldred, Jody, 37 Eliezer, rabbi, 120 Elijah, prophet, 117, 118, 119, 207 Emmerich, Anne Catherine, 3, 5, 92, 93, 99, 100, 122, 144, 145 Emotional response/effect 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 25, 27, 37, 42–44, 48, 51–59, 62, 67, 80–83, 85, 87, 88, 90, 93, 101–03, 109, 112, 167, 169, 209, 210

of goodness he has, and all else you need will be provided with it” (Matthew 6:33 paraphrase). The Psalmist said simply and concretely, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23). In one of the historical books of the Old Testament a prophet is quoted as saying: “The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9). This is what Jesus knew as he went through his sufferings and death. In that

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