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Jul 16

The Thrill is Gone

Some people seem
to be shocked
that “The Passion of the Christ” didn’t start a massive
wave of lasting Christian fervor across the country. I say to them, “Duh!”
People took from the movie what they took in (much like “Fahrenheit 9/11”).
If you expected anti-Semitism, that’s what you saw. If you expected a moving work
of religious art, that’s what you saw. If you expected sado-masochism, that’s what
you saw. I wouldn’t expect a movie like “The Passion” (lots of imagery,
little commentary) to convert someone any more than I would expect a painting to.

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