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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

The Passion

Mel Gibson's film has caused plenty of comment. This sounds to be a very sensible view on the whole anti-Semitism debate (thanks to Hear the Hurd for the link).

My own views on the Passion and the furore surrounding it is that Jews, and Christians, have to accept that those that organised Jesus' crucifixion were the representatives of the Jewish people at that time. This is not to say that the Jews are responsible for Deicide, a charge the Vatican has now unequivocally put to rest. The fact remains though that any honest telling of the Passion is going to be uncomfortable in the context of Christian-Jewish relations. But here is a thought that the critics ought to bear in mind. Crackpots aside, I know of no Jewish commentator who blames today's Christians for the pograms that accompanied the Crusades. Likewise, crackpots aside, I know of no Christian who blames the Jews of today for the actions of a few men in power 2000 years ago.

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