Column: ‘Son of God’ does not stand on firm Gospel ground

“The Son of God,” as a movie and as a depiction of the Christ of the Gospels, was a bit underwhelming, a bit like a mix of Hollywood and a two-year graduate of a Bible college.

I mean no disrespect; my guess is that those who wrote, directed, acted and financed this film see themselves as committed Christians and hope to bring some people to faith and perhaps draw nearer those who tend to share their theology.

The narrative perspective was that of John as an elderly disciple, living as an exiled hermit. I thought the film would then be told from the Gospel of John’s perspective. Indeed, some partial quotes from John 1:1-18 reinforced that — if I would set aside my understanding of John being a part of a worshipping community outside Israel and Judea.

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