TRENDING JESUS
Two movies with religious overtones

The two movies opening this weekend likely to have the biggest box office are The Man of Steel and The End is Near. Both have religious themes.

This newest portrayal of Superman reportedly continues the overt Christ-figure themes evident in Superman Returns. More on Superman another day.

The End is Near is obviously about the apocalypse. Catholic.org caught my attention with their critical review. Here’s what they said:

"While many are looking to the film to be a runaway hit this summer season, the only reasonable response to those who would be offended by "This is the End" - is NOT to see it, sending a message to Hollywood producers that the movie going audience doesn’t find religious satire either amusing, or appropriate."

For some reason, a photo caption also amused me by their inclusion of blasphemy in their content warning:

"Rapture comedy ‘This is the End’ has rampant violent, sexual and other objectionable material, including blasphemy."

I hope to watch both Superman and The End is Near and blog about both. In the meantime, you can read the Catholic.org article for yourself:

http://www.catholic.org/ae/movies/review.php?id=51349

This blog post shows an attempt at religious humor of both Jesus and “Not” Muhammad. But it is an uneven attempt - Islam is mocked and Christianity is, by comparison, endorsed. Although the portrayals of Islam are obviously offensive to Muslims (as evenhandedly explained by the response video), I think these portrayals of Jesus would also have been considered offensive by Christians 20+ years ago. But no longer?

http://radiofreebabylon.com/Comics/CoffeeWithJesus.php
I added the caption to match the over-the-topness of the image.

I added the caption to match the over-the-topness of the image.

Umm…in this case, I don’t think it is the power of Christ doing the compelling.

Umm…in this case, I don’t think it is the power of Christ doing the compelling.

Halloween/Exorcist Week at Trending Jesus: The Power of Christ Compels You!

Halloween/Exorcist Week at Trending Jesus: The Power of Christ Compels You!

At least he’s not saying, “Avada Kedavra”!

At least he’s not saying, “Avada Kedavra”!

The moment people see something they don’t understand, they find answers in religion or photoshop.
from a thread debating whether or not a picture had been photoshopped
Halloween/Exorcist “The Power of Christ Compels You” Week. Cute kitty, possessed.  

Halloween/Exorcist “The Power of Christ Compels You” Week. Cute kitty, possessed.  

Halloween/Exorcist “The Power of Christ Compels You” Week. Cute, cuddly knitting gift!

Halloween/Exorcist “The Power of Christ Compels You” Week. Cute, cuddly knitting gift!

News flash: Planking is out, TEBOWING is in. It’s like planking, just more prayerful. See Tebowing.com for many examples. Oh my.

News flash: Planking is out, TEBOWING is in. It’s like planking, just more prayerful. See Tebowing.com for many examples. Oh my.

Halloween/Exorcist “The Power of Christ Compels You” Week.

Halloween/Exorcist “The Power of Christ Compels You” Week.