The Corner

Mel Gibson’s Not Alone

There’s a remarkable new movie out called The Gospel of John, which has done so well in some Southern markets that it’s receiving a broader nationwide release. I saw the film last night, and I can recommend it very strongly to anyone who’s even remotely interested in the subject. It is a very literal, word-for-word dramatization of the Fourth Gospel; the location shooting was done in Spain, and the production values are impressive enough. Most important, the actor playing Jesus–Henry Ian Cusick-does a terrific job of communicating the character’s spiritual cheerfulness and human likeability. Where others have stressed his kindly seriousness (Max von Sydow in The Greatest Story Ever Told) or his tortured soul (Willem Dafoe in The Last Temptation of Christ), this movie suggests how he was able to build such a large public following in his earthly career. The movie also shows that it’s possible to render a faithful account of the Gospel narrative without presenting any anti-Semitic stereotypes. (Another cause for optimism about Mel’s movie, which comes out next spring.) To see if/when the film will be near you, check out the website.

Most Popular

U.S.

Columbia 1968: Another Untold Story

Fifty years ago this week, Columbia students riding the combined wave of the civil-rights and anti-war movements went on strike, occupied buildings across campus, and shut the university down. As you revisit that episode of the larger drama that was the annus horribilis 1968, bear in mind that the past isn’t ... Read More
Culture

Only the Strident Survive

‘I am not prone to anxiety,” historian Niall Ferguson wrote in the Times of London on April 22. “Last week, however, for the first time since I went through the emotional trauma of divorce, I experienced an uncontrollable panic attack.” The cause? “A few intemperate emails, inadvertently forwarded ... Read More

Poll Finds Nevada Voters Support School-Choice Programs

According to an April poll, a large number of Nevada voters support school-choice programs. The poll, conducted by Nevada Independent/Mellman, found that 70 percent of voters support a proposal for a special-needs Education Savings Account and 59 percent support expanding the funding for the current tax-credit ... Read More
World

Microscopic Dots. Let’s Look at Them.

Stuart E. Eizenstat has written a big book on the Carter presidency. (Eizenstat was Carter’s chief domestic-policy adviser. He also had a substantial hand in foreign affairs.) I have reviewed the book for the forthcoming NR. Eizenstat tells the story of a meeting between President Carter and Andrei Gromyko, the ... Read More