Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ has certainly generated controversy. So far, the discussion has primarily focused on the supposed anti-Jewish nature of the film. What I wish to discuss is what strikes me as a more fundamental point of contention-whether the film is actually a portrayal of the passion of the Christ (as the title claims). To do so, I will briefly introduce some of the reactions from Orthodox Christian authorities and theologians. This will introduce the context for my analysis of the soteriology that is expressed in Gibson's movie. As I will show, Gibson's movie may well be a passion, but from an Orthodox Christian perspective, it does not appear to be the passion of the Christ.
"An Orthodox Perspective on Gibson's The Passion of Christ,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 8
, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol8/iss3/1