Item description for A Guide to the Passion: 100 Questions About The Passion of The Christ by Matthew J. Pinto, The Staff at Catholicexchange com & Matthew Pinto...
Overview A Guide to the Passion: 100 Questions about Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ is the definitive Catholic resource book for this momentous film. It offers an insightful scene-by-scene analysis from a uniquely Catholic perspective. The 100 answers provide a powerful catechesis that will enrich the movie going experience and lead seekers to a deeper faith in Christ, and to penetrate the heart of the Gospel. Sample questions: - Why did Jesus ask the Father to "let this cup pass from me" in the Garden of Gethsemane? - In the Garden, why did Jesus crush the head of the snake? - Is the devil a real being or just an artistic representation of evil? - Why did Judas betray Jesus? - What did Jesus mean when he called himself "the Bread of Life"? - Is the scourging of Jesus at the pillar an accurate portrayal? - Why do Mary and the devil exchange looks during Jesus' road to Calvary? - What did Jesus mean when he said, from the cross, "My God, my God. Why have you forsaken me?" - What is the significance of Jesus' last words to his mother and the apostle John? - The movie ends with the Resurrection. Do Christians actually believe Jesus rose from the dead?
Publishers Description Mel Gibson's stunning film The Passion of the Christ has touched thousand of hearts since its release. Yet, despite its visual and emotional impact, the dramatic events portrayed do not explain themselves; they often give rise to perplexing questions. This short book helps you delve a little deeper into some of the movie's profound riches--the passion of Christ.
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Studio: Ascension Press/Catholic Word
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.23" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2004
Publisher Ascension Press/Catholic Word
ISBN 193264542X ISBN13 9781932645422
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More About Matthew J. Pinto, The Staff at Catholicexchange com & Matthew Pinto
Pinto is the co-founder of Envoy magazine.
Matthew J. Pinto currently resides in West Chester, in the state of Pennsylvania. Matthew J. Pinto was born in 1966.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Guide to the Passion: 100 Questions About The Passion of The Christ?
Just okay Apr 29, 2008
I thought this would be more of an intimate perspective. It's good for people that know absolutely nothing about what happened, but it is very pro-Catholic, and ushers non-believers into Catholicism.
Exceptional Study Guide Dec 7, 2005
This wonderful little book takes one hundred questions, primarily pertaining to the film "The Passion Of The Christ," and gives solid and Biblically based answers to each. A couple of the questions are more follow-up to previous questions that explain with a little more depth certain Catholic beliefs and teachings than outright explanations of happenings in the film.
The author is quick to note that some of the things happening in the film are portrayed with plenty of artistis license. However, the freedoms taken by Mel Gibson in the film are meant to enhance the actual occurrence of the Passion.
If you are Catholic, this book is a wonderful guide that opens the door for further study, primarily thanks to the three appendices and the resource guide at the back of the book. These appendices include the five Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, and the Seven Last Words of Christ. The resource guide includes recommended books on apologetics, Bible study, personal experiences, and, of course, the Passion.
If you aren't Catholic, you may be turned off by the "Catholic"-ness of the book. That has to be taken into consideration, however, since Gibson based the movie on the events in the Bible, illustrated by the Stations of the Cross, and the personal writings of Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich and Venerable Maria de Agreda. Though some of the things mentioned in this book go against most Protestant beliefs, this Catholic has to say that at least we can agree that Jesus did die for our sins and our salvation.
Recommended to Catholics who are looking for a good springboard to further their studies on the Passion and the Catholic Church in general. Also recommended to Protestants wanting to comprehend some of the Catholic symbolism in the film and any one interested in learning about the Passion.
Exchanging Careful Thnking for Mindless Apologetics May 21, 2005
This is a great book for those who want to only "play around the edges" of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ and mistake a Hollywood blockbuster for authentic catechesis. If you simply want to "understand" the film without having to do the hard work of actually thinking about it, then this is the book for you. Filled with circular reasoning and inconsistent proof-texting, this book is a deceptive promotional tool that does not represent official Church teaching on the meaning and proper interpretation of the Passion story. The overwhelmingly predictable questions are set up for trite, facile answers. It will comfort and excite you if all you want is to be confirmed in your love of this troubled, troublesome film and of Gibson's own idiosyncratic Catholicism. But if you have real questions about the REAL thing, look elsewhere. For starters, try "The Bible, the Jews and the Death of Jesus," for a more sober and grounded look at how Catholics are to approach this precious story of our salvation.
Yes, I am a Catholic. I had an intensely ambivalent response to the film, neither loving nor hating it and being moved by many moments in it. But I have been deeply saddened by so much of the hoo-ha and hype surrounding it, especially the self-serving attitude of Christians, especially Catholics, who claim to love the teachings of the Church yet who make no attempt to find out what those teachings actually are (teachings which Mel Gibson categorically rejects), and who are often quite vicious in their response to other believers who raise serious questions about what Gibson is showing us. The film is a late-medieval Passion play that benefits from skillful direction and modern special effects. It is not "THE" teaching of the Church, but a high-quality work of devotional fiction. No problem with that! But let's call a spade a spade, shall we? How is Christ honored by the disingenuousness of the maxed-out defense of this film? Love the film; hate the film; be indifferent to it. But do not mistake it for what it is not, even when it seems that your case can be "proven" by things like this shallow, misleading book.
Perfect companion to a Religious Meditation on film Mar 19, 2005
This movie simply put is a religious meditation on the Passion of our most Precious Lord. This book will bring you to a deeper understanding of the movie, so it is a very valuable resource. It is a wonderful investment & at a fair price!
What a Great Gift Aug 4, 2004
This book makes a great gift for any body who is interested in the movie. It is easy to read and is sutable for any age group!