Mel Gibson's 'Passion': Jesus
Thursday, June 26, 2003
Some of Mel Gibson's biggest critics are Catholic
Believe it or not, they are "accusing" him of following
Gospel accounts of Jesus' passion too closely.
In other words, Gibson hasn't consulted them to receive
guidance and direction in understanding the Gospels.
According to some theologians, the Gospels are
diatribes thoroughly lacking in historical value and
Some theologians believe that the Gospels were written
Christ's passion and therefore are more reflective of the
than they are of the actual events.
Interestingly, one of the main reasons for their later
the Gospels centers around the Jews. When Jesus lambastes
Pharisees in the Gospels, this is supposedly representative
hostility that did not exist between Christians and Jews
A.D., when the Christians were expelled from the synagogues.
I suppose these theologians discount the martyrdom of St.
in 36 A.D. and the persecution of Christians carried out by
before his conversion.
The earliest and most reliable sources available indicate
the Gospels were written by the apostles and apostolic men
after the events took place.
St. Irenaeus, instructed by St. Polycarp, the disciple of
the Apostle, informs us that Matthew wrote his Gospel before
martyrdom of Peter and Paul in 64 A.D. and that Mark and
at the time of their martyrdom. Modern theologians know
Likewise, there is no reason to believe that the
any way sacrificed accuracy to make a theological point.
Ultimately nearly everything we know about Jesus has been
down by the four evangelists. If we don't believe what they
why would we call ourselves Christian?
The Rev. Michael Reilly is the vice principal of St.
by-the-Sea High School in Staten Island, N.Y.
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