Noah v. Kitschy Jesus: A Tale of Two Movies

27 Mar

Son of God and Noah don’t just represent two different ways to read Scripture, two different ways to make films, and two different marketing demographics. They also represent two sharply different ways to believe, to be in the world: one inspired by the pure and the simple, another suspicious, if not contemptuous, of them. These different modes of relation to complexity include politics, art, taste, style, culture, morality, and ethics within them. And while I feel certain that the tendency toward simplicity slides toward cruelty, I wonder if the basis for that certainty is, itself, ethical—or something else.

So concludes Jewish scholar Dr. Jay Michaelson about two current movies. Read his provocative reflection in its entirety here at Religion Dispatches:

Noah v. Kitschy Jesus: A Tale of Two Movies | Culture | Religion Dispatches.

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