Just looked up my old friend Ari Goldman in order to send him a holiday card and found his review of the Mel Gibson movie.
Ari, I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU from this one Christian. The gigantic error of the Christ movie is not only that it denies the message of Jesus in favor of some "message" delivered by his executioners. It is that watching violence against Jesus is somehow constructive in a religious sense. That violence has a good religious use, is the fundamental error which leads to terrorism and war. Those Christians who think watching that porn is good religious instruction because "it really happened that way" are missing the whole point. To a good Christian the resurrection happened too, and the resurrection undid everything that Pilate and company attempted to do, most importantly undoing the hate.
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Bob left a nice comment below. Read his Passion review here.