'Islamic Jesus' hits movie screens
Tuesday Jan 15 15:31 AEDT
The thing about most art is that it almost always has an agenda behind it.
"A director who shares the ideas of Iran's hardline president has produced what he says is the first film giving an Islamic view of Jesus Christ, in a bid to show "common ground" between Muslims and Christians.
Nader Talebzadeh sees his movie, Jesus, the Spirit of God, as an Islamic answer to Western productions like Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, which he praised as admirable but quite simply "wrong"."
"Talebzadeh insists it aims to bridge differences between Christianity and Islam, despite the stark divergence from Christian doctrine about Christ's final hours on earth.
'It is fascinating for Christians to know that Islam gives such devotion to and has so much knowledge about Jesus," Talebzadeh said.' "
This is interesting however.
"The director is also keen to emphasise the links between Jesus and one of the most important figures in Shiite Islam, the Imam Mahdi, said to have disappeared 12 centuries ago but whose "return" to earth has been a key tenet of the Ahmadinejad presidency."
"Shiite Muslims, the majority in Iran, believe Jesus will accompany the Imam Mahdi when he reappears in a future apocalypse to save the world.
And Talebzadeh said the TV version of his film will further explore the links between Jesus and the Mahdi whose return Ahmadinejad has said his government, which came to power in 2005, is working to hasten."
I'd love any shia's reading this to tell me the difference between the shia mahdi and the sunni mahdi (I know this is not a PC to say it, but... whatever).
Original link here http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=350858