And -- just as the Gospels themselves have been politicized into social justice treatises ripe for a faithbased partnership with the state -- art has been dumbed down such that it's lost its transcendent, universal quality but instead is always now a vehicle for this or that "personal" value or "political" statement.
This was the point of my review, and such relativistic types my target. All of a sudden art was no longer protected by the End All/Be All of Artistic Freedom. Hardly any reviews took in the film's artistic merits at all, it was a disagreement with the content, cries for changes, pleas for disclaimers, and audaciously insulting projections.
How many movies made on Buddha, or some Lama or other, are heralded as "transcendent" and "epic"? Moses never got such a raw deal. If Muslims paused fidgeting with switches long enough to focus on it, I'm probably not exaggerating when I say that a loving paean to Mohammed would be orgiastically lauded.
All religions are exclusionary -- they all have some path or set of rules one must follow. But Christianity, which indeed is offered freely to all solely on the basis of believing a miracle, is "divisive". I will probably write on this incongruity next... if I ever get a quiet moment in this place.
All religions are exclusionary
Actually, Christianity is uniquely so. That's why it's hated by hedonists in a way that nearly no other religion is.