Wednesday, December 17, 2003
It turns out that Martin Scorsese's film The Last Temptation of Christ has come top of the league of TV complaints! I have yet to work out what the complaints about this were actually about. The usual repot is that Jesus has sexual fantasies about Mary Magdalene, but this is misleading. The crucial temptation that Jesus faces is to give up his mission and settle down to raise a family with Mary. But if he wasn't tempted by this, if he felt no attachment to life as an ordinary human being, then in what sense was the incarnation anything more than a fantasy itself? Still, you can always trust certain parts of the Christian community to complain noisily about something that they don't actually understand.