Crowd Control

Article by John Dominic Crossan

Every version of the Passion story deviates fundamentally from the New Testament, which contains four divergent Gospels rather than one conflated version. The Gospels also emphasize the life before and the resurrection after the death. The life/death/resurrection proportions, judged by the number of chapters devoted to each part, vary — from a 13:2:1 ratio in …

Faithful to the Script

Article by William Willimon

In 1964 the Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini created a new mode of presenting Jesus in film. His The Gospel according to St. Matthew is a word-for-word rendering of Matthew’s Gospel. It contains no additional dialogue and shows only the scenes described by Matthew. The film was a radical departure from the Jesus genre, which …

Frodo’s Faith

Article by Ralph C. Wood

At the end of J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings, as King Aragorn is preparing to die, he utters his final words to Arwen, his elven queen — words that contain a hint of resurrection: “In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound forever …

Garrison Keillor’s ‘Prairie Home Companion’: Gospel of the Airwaves

Article by Doug Thorpe

It has been decreed in my neighborhood that every week all serious work ends at 3:00 on Saturday afternoon, when Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” comes on the air. There might be laundry to do or dishes to wash; a letter to write or bills to pay; or perhaps simply a book or magazine to …