Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Nobody Owns The Gospel

In the late 90's Corpus Christi, a passion play taking place in modern Texas that depicts Jesus and his Disciples as gay, stirred up quite a bit of controversy. I'm sympathetic to those who are offended by anything that would portray Jesus having a sexual relationship (such as Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ), but to my knowledge Corpus Christi never depicts Christ as having any sexual relationships himself. Rather it does the unthinkable by showing the Lord overseeing a gay marriage ceremony between two apostles.

Now there is a documentary about the making of the play coming this year, which will surely create more controversy.

Of course the apostles were not actually gay (so far as we know at least), but it's not as if the Gospel story hasn't been re-purposed before, told with any number of twists on the traditional story. So why is this particular re-imagining so blasphemous?

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