N.T. (Tom) Wright is attacking the BBC's £1.5 million ($2.15 million) documentary series on the life of Jesus, Son of God. That wouldn't necessarily be news—many people are criticizing the miniseries, which concludes Easter Sunday—but Wright, the Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey, was one of only two theological consultants on the project. In the program, Wright says, Jesus is portrayed as "a politically correct social worker." "There was plenty wrong with the wealthy and oppressive aristocracy," Wright tells London's The Daily Telegraph, "but Jesus's movement was far more than another center-Left protest march. He was saying that God's new day was dawning and that now everything was going to be different. Unfortunately, the BBC didn't want to know about that. Their audience wouldn't understand it, they said. But without it, they won't understand the rest either." The Telegraph notes, "The comments from the canon, who was one of two consultants relied on by the BBC to add academic weight to the series, will embarrass the corporation." Gotta love the British penchant for understatement. (See Weblog's earlier discussion of Son of Godhere.)
Speaking of the Son of God in Great Britain, The Telegraph also reported this week that Richard Holloway, the former primus (leader) of the Scottish Episcopal Church, says he doesn't believe that Jesus was anything more than "an extraordinary man." "If people could really understand that the nature of religion is this wonderful mythic, symbolic, poetic system about deep truth, then they would relax," he said in an interview with Lesbian and Gay Christians magazine. "But we claim that you have to get into your head certain convictions ...1
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