Evangelicalism[ edit ] Most of the criticism of Harry Potter is from fundamentalist evangelical Christian groups, who believe the series' depiction of witchcraft is dangerous to children.
Judas did not think of himself as a traitor. He did what he did, not because he was basically evil, but because he was intelligent.
He could se Christ becoming something he considered harmful to the Jews. Judas felt that they been persecuted enough.
As far as what Christ was saying, general principles of how human beings should live together — Judas approved of this. What Judas was worried about was that as Christ got bigger and bigger and more popular, people began switching their attentions from what Christ was saying to Christ himself.
They were saying that Jesus is God, here is the new Messiah, and Judas was terrified because, a. Judas reckoned that if the movement got too big and people began worshipping Christ as a god, the Romans who were occupying Israel would come down and clobber them.
Of course, the Christ the authors present would not have risen from the dead. They are not men of faith, and their statements only serve to undermine the scriptures. I have not seen the show, and my objections are based on what friends who have seen it tell me. The executives at MCA Records were terrified by it.
These kids are trying to take Jesus off the stained-glass windows and get him down on the street.
Some people are not going to like that. But today, Jesus Christ Superstar has been dumbed down, made palatable and comfortable, robbed of the rebellious, smartass attitude that originally made music and theatre history.
After all, politics is how humans decide collective morality, questions of how to live morally in a community of whatever size and of which values will be shared by that community.
Conversely, religion dictates those answers to humans, rather than allowing them to explore and form their own morality. With Superstar Rice and Lloyd Webber broke new ground in several ways. Second, the idea that rock and roll was an acceptable — even a preferable — language with which to tell this story was quite radical.
And perhaps most important to us today, the choice to focus the show on Judas rather than on Jesus lifted the show out of the category of mere cultural rebellion and into the realm of legitimate intellectual and artistic endeavor.
Why did Judas feel he needed to betray Jesus? As the quote above shows us, Rice delved deep into all these characters, infusing them with personality, psychology, and ideology that the more simplistic storytelling style of the Bible never offered.
But Rice told us a new story and that choice gave us back the dramatic elements that makes a good story; the politics of this story, the complicated relationship between Judas and Jesus, and so many other elements gave us back the tension, the surprises, and the unknowns that keep us involved in the story.
An active character is always more dramatic than a passive one. This show dramatized not just what happened, but why it happened.
Jesus is the same at the beginning of the story as he is at the end. Why did Judas betray Jesus? To Judas, Jesus lost his stature as philosopher when he gained his status as superstar. Likewise in Superstar that issue was off the table, irrelevant to the story Rice was telling.
Everyone already knows the story of Jesus as the Son of God.
This was the other, rarely examined side of the story of Jesus, an "ordinary guy" who became an unlikely star.
It is that ordinariness that gives the story resonance and life but it also outraged Christians. Most people think of Jesus as a religious icon, but the people who lived and worked around him saw him as just another guy. Despite what most of us think, Jesus was not a carpenter in the sense of a trained artisan — the Greek word used to describe him and his father in the Gospels is tekton, meaning anyone who makes things with his hands.
The modern equivalent might be a construction worker or day laborer. But Superstar was also the story of Jesus the social revolutionary, political insurgent, radical philosopher, apocalyptic prophet, a speaker of truth to power that terrified the religious and secular authorities.
His ascendancy from such humble roots makes him even more of a puzzle and therefore more dangerous to the priests. Today, most productions of Jesus Christ Superstar are far blander than Rice intended, comfortably reinforcing mainstream beliefs.
But this show was meant to be a call to political action, a reminder that all the great political and human rights movements in world history all found their roots in the very radical political agenda of Jesus and Judas. Not surprisingly, this approach was considered blasphemous by mainstream Christians.Religion is a hard word to define.
Some might define religion as believing in a high power, deities, or a single God. Others define it as a belief system that has more to do with culture and traditions being past down from generation to generation than anything.
Of the silent trilogy, Earth () is Dovzhenko’s most accessible film but, perhaps for these same reasons, most misunderstood. In a Brussels’ film jury would vote Earth as one of the great films of all time. Earth marks a threshold in Dovzhenko’s career emblematic of a turning point in the Ukrainian cultural and political avant-garde - the end of one period and transition to another.
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I truly believe that this nation is in the mess that it is in because God have been taking out of the school system this nation was built on Gods word, and were God is not being praised and worshiped there will be problems and some don’t seem to understand that, Adam and Eve received from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
so the world took on that understanding, that's why God sent His. The history of Western ethics Ancient civilizations to the end of the 19th century The ancient Middle East and Asia. The first ethical precepts must have been passed down by word of mouth from parents and elders, but as societies learned to use the written word, they began to set down their ethical beliefs.
These records constitute the first historical evidence of the origins of ethics. Losing the War. Man is a bubble, and all the world is a stormJeremy Taylor, Holy Dying () My father owned a gorgeous porcelain tiger about half the size of a house cat.