Focusing on viewer response to Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, this article interrogates the process of viewers' absorption of the film's dominant atonement images, penal substitution, christus victor and sacrifice in order to more deeply understand just how these images operate in popular culture, how they influence values, practices and beliefs, and to question the social impact of the discourse of violence and redemptive dynamics imbedded in the religious images themselves.
"A Bloodthirsty Salvation: Behind the Popular Polarized Reaction to Gibson's The Passion,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 9
, Article 10.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol9/iss1/10