“Passion”-ate perspectives on Mel Gibson’s film

This Web-exclusive story offers SCU faculty perspectives on issues raised by the film, “The Passion of the Christ,” which was directed and co-written by Mel Gibson.

This Web-exclusive story offers SCU faculty perspectives on issues raised by the film, “The Passion of the Christ,” which was directed and co-written by Mel Gibson.

Featured commentaries include Religious Studies Assistant Professor Catherine “Kitty” Murphy expressing her concern about the “maiming, framing, and blaming” that goes on in Gibson’s story and how this diverges from the canonical gospels; Religious Studies Assistant Professor Cynthia Baker providing a historical context for judging claims of authenticity and accuracy of depictions of the life and death of Jesus; and Theatre and Dance Professor Michael Zampelli situating the film within the larger context of theatrical passion plays.

The professors were part of an on-campus discussion, “The Passion According to Mel Gibson, ” sponsored by the Bannan Center for Jesuit Education.

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