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Monty Python's Life of Brian

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2004 1 Jan
Monty Python's Life of Brian
from Film Forum, 10/14/04

Josh Hurst (Reveal) responds to those who think the film is an attack on Christ himself. "Look closely … and you'll see that the humor in Brian is never directed toward Jesus Christ; rather, the butt of the jokes is always religious fanaticism, the kind that misunderstands and misrepresents Christ's teachings and leads to skirmishes within his church. In fact, the only person who comes across as being anything other than completely foolish is Jesus of Nazareth. Kudos to the Python troupe for … pointing out that, just as the Gospel writers suggest, meeting and even being healed by Jesus does not necessarily change us from the selfish buffoons that we are into something better."