The Passion of the Christ: Ten Years Later

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It has now been ten years since Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ was released. The movie remains in many ways a cultural barometer of the way Christianity is perceived in America, for better and worse.

From the moment Gibson announced his intention to make The Passion, his personal life was investigated, religious beliefs mocked, and sincerity as a filmmaker questioned. As a “traditionalist Catholic,” it was assumed he held outdated, if not erroneous, beliefs about Jewish-Catholic relations. Rabbi Daniel Lapin and radio host Michael Medved defended Gibson against charges of anti-semitism. While Gibson’s later anti-semitic tirade permitted many to dismiss the film, it still merits consideration on its own terms…

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