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Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ topped box office charts and changed the American religious conversation. The controversies it raised remain unsettled. In After The Passion Is Gone: American Religious Consequences, leading scholars of religion and theology ask what Gibson's film and the resulting controversy reveal about Christians, Jews, and the possibilities of interreligious dialogue in the United States. Landres and Berenbaum's collection moves beyond questions of whether or not the film was faithful to the gospels, too violent, or antisemitic and explores why the debate focused on these issues but not others. The public discussion of The Passion shed light on a wide range of American attitudes—evangelical Protestant, mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Jewish—about media and faith, politics and history, Jesus and Judaism, fundamentalism and victimhood. After The Passion Is Gone takes a unique view of vital points in Christian-Jewish relations and contemporary American religion.
1 Introduction Part 2 Part One: The Context of The Passion 3 Introduction to Part One 4 Almost a Culture War: The Making of the Passion Controversy 5 Passionate Blogging: Interfaith Controversy and the Internet 6 Living In the World, but Not Of the World: Understanding Evangelical Support for The Passion of the Christ 7 The Passion Paradox: Signposts on the Road toward Mormon Protestantization 8 Is it Finished? The Passion of the Christ and the Fault Lines in American Christianity Part 9 Part Two: The Passion in Context 10 Introduction to Part Two 11 The Journey of the Passion Play from Medieval Piety to Contemporary Spirituality 12 The Gibson Code? 13 "But is it Art?": A Prelude to Criticism of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ 14 Antisemitism without Erasure: Sacred Texts and Their Contemporary Interpretations 15 Theologizing the Death of Jesus, Gibson's The Passion, and Christian Identity 16 Manly Pain and Motherly Love: Mel Gibson's Big Picture 17 Imago Christi: Aesthetic and Theological Issues in Jesus Films by Pasolini, Scorsese, and Gibson Part 18 Part Three: Jews and Christians: Reframing the Dialogue 19 Introduction to Part Three 20 Theological Bulimia: Christianity and Its Dejudaization 21 A March of Passion, Or, How I Came to Terms with a Film I Wasn't Supposed to Like 22 The Exposed Fault Line 23 Crucifying Jesus: Antisemitism and the Passion Story 24 Five Introspective Challenges 25 No Crucifixion = No Holocaust: Post-Holocaust Reflections on The Passion of the Christ 26 The Passionate Encounter: The Ethics of Affirming Your Faith in a Multi-Religious World 27 Reframing Difference: Evangelicals, Scripture, and the Jews 28 Afterword: The Passion of War
Posted December 10, 2004
------------------------------------------- by Brad Matthies, Butler University Library, Indianapolis ------------------------------------------ Landres (research fellow, Sigi Ziering Inst.) and Berenbaum (theology, Univ. of Judaism; director of the Sigi Ziering Inst.) have assembled 23 essays by leading religion and theology scholars who examine the effects of Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ . Readers will find that some scholars fully support the film's message, others consider it anti-Semitic, still others focus on its historical and theological accuracy, and a few examine its effects on various religious groups in the United States. In all of the essays, there is an apparent emphasis on objective scholarly inquiry and tolerance for other views. However, despite several essays that tangentially relate to The Passion 's impact on a society that has secular constituents, readers are left to wonder what a secular scholar who is well versed in religious studies would have to say about the film. Nevertheless, this solid collection of thought-provoking essays belongs in all academic libraries and larger public libraries.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.