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June 26, 2006

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Good analysis, here's more along complementary lines from Jordan Ballor with the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty, quoting Nietzsche to undercut the 'power and the glory' merchandising of the film:
| Anti-Christ Superman: The Superhero and the Suffering Servant | at
http://www.acton.org/ppolicy/comment/article.php?id=330
Enjoy!

Very good analysis. I often disagree with Mark Butterworth's reviews and almost always like the movies he loathes but he often has a point that I cannot really disagree with -- I just wouldn't spend so much time thinking about it. After I posted his review (I run the backend code of the Spero News website), I commented to the cultural editor something that you mentioned: the problem is an effeminate Jesus and I recalled reading a while ago about a movement to restore Christ's masculinity after he was supposedly feminized throughout the Middle Ages. This can be seen explicitly, according to what I read, in the paintings, and implicitly in the teachings. I'm not saying I agree with it, I'm just mentioning that there are those who question it.

I haven't done a search on it and I'm about to leave and don't have the time, but I think you hit onto something that really hasn't been discussed. If you do a search, I bet you'll run into some writings about this phenomenon, whether it's real or not or right, wrong, or indifferent. If I find the writing that I read a while ago, I'll post it as well.

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