Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy: The Cross, the Questions, the Controcersy (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series #10)

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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 ...
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Overview


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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Since its February 2004 release, Mel Gibson's film The Passion of Christ has generated accolades and controversy; vigils of support and vocal protests. In this paperback collection, editor Jorge Gracia presents more than a dozen essays about the ideas implicit in Gibson's masterpiece. The topics include the role of women in the Passion; the relationship between the film, anti-Semitism, and continuing conflicts in the Mideast; the question of moral responsibility in the execution of Jesus; and the meaning of Judas.
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In 20 essays by professors of philosophy from an impressive range of academic institutions, this anthology seeks to investigate several remarkable and thought-provoking questions concerning Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ. Edited by Garcia (The Classics of Western Philosophy: A Reader's Guide), this collection addresses such questions as "Did Christ have to suffer violently?" "Is the Passion anti-Semitic?" and "Why was Christ killed?" No reader will agree with every opinion expressed, but the opposing viewpoints add to the collection's stimulating nature. For example, Mark Wrathall (Brigham Young Univ.) says that for Christians to be moved by Christ's suffering, they "need to be confronted by the horror of that suffering." Conversely, Charles Taliaferro (St. Olaf Coll.) observes, "There is so much violent bloodshed that the movie becomes about violent bloodshed." All the essays are well reasoned and while philosophical in nature are not written exclusively for the student of philosophy; indeed, anyone could profit from the coherent and articulate debate presented here. Highly recommended.-Wesley A. Mills, Empire State Coll., SUNY at Rochester Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812695717
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy Series , #10
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 1,442,817
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Philosophy Confronts The Passion ix
Acknowledgments xiii
1 Who Do You Say That I Am? Mel Gibson's Christ 1
I Did Christ Have to Suffer Violently? 7
2 Seeing the World Made New: Depictions of the Passion and Christian Life 9
3 Christ's Atonement: Washing Away Human Sin 25
4 The Focus of The Passion Puts the Person of Jesus Out of Focus 40
5 Gibson's Sublime Passion: In Defense of the Violence 51
6 God and Man Separated No More: Hegel Overcomes the Unhappy Consciousness of Gibson's Christianity 62
II Is The Passion Anti-Semitic? 77
7 Passions of the Christ: Do Jews and Christians See the Same Film? 79
8 The Passion as a Political Weapon: Anti-Semitism and Gibson's Use of the Gospels 90
9 Is The Passion of the Christ Racist? Due Process, Responsibility, and Punishment 101
10 The Passion of the Jew: Jesus in the Jewish Mystical Tradition 111
III What Is the Truth? 125
11 Pilate's Question: What Is Truth? 127
12 How Can We Know What God Truly Means? Gibson's Take on Scripture 137
13 The Women Who Loved Jesus: Suffering and the Traditional Feminine Role 151
IV Why Was Christ Killed? 165
14 The Craftiness of Christ: Wisdom of the Hidden God 167
15 The Death of Socrates and the Death of Christ 179
16 Dances of Death: Self-Sacrifice and Atonement 190
17 The Crisis of the Cross: God as Scandalous 204
V Who Is Morally Responsible? 219
18 Christ's Choice: Could It Have Been Different? 221
19 Forgiving Judas: Extenuating Circumstances in the Ultimate Betrayal 234
20 Resist Not Evil! Jesus and Nonviolence 246
About the Authors 261
Index 265
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