Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ topped box office charts and changed the American religious conversation. The controversies it raised remain unsettled. In After 'The Passion' Is Gone: American Religious Consequences, leading scholars of religion and theology ask what Gibson's film and the resulting controversy reveal about Christians, Jews, and the possibilities of inter-religious dialogue in the United States.
J. Shawn Landres is a research fellow at the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the University of Judaism. He co-edited Personal Knowledge and Beyond: Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion. Michael Berenbaum is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust and an Adjunct Professor of Theology at the University of Judaism. He has written and edited fifteen books, most recently A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors.
1 Introduction Part 2 Part One: The Context of The Passion 3 Introduction to Part One 4 Almost a Culture War: The Making of the Passion Controversy 5 Passionate Blogging: Interfaith Controversy and the Internet 6 Living In the World, but Not Of the World: Understanding Evangelical Support for The Passion of the Christ 7 The Passion Paradox: Signposts on the Road toward Mormon Protestantization 8 Is it Finished? The Passion of the Christ and the Fault Lines in American Christianity Part 9 Part Two: The Passion in Context 10 Introduction to Part Two 11 The Journey of the Passion Play from Medieval Piety to Contemporary Spirituality 12 The Gibson Code? 13 "But is it Art?": A Prelude to Criticism of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ 14 Antisemitism without Erasure: Sacred Texts and Their Contemporary Interpretations 15 Theologizing the Death of Jesus, Gibson's The Passion, and Christian Identity 16 Manly Pain and Motherly Love: Mel Gibson's Big Picture 17 Imago Christi: Aesthetic and Theological Issues in Jesus Films by Pasolini, Scorsese, and Gibson Part 18 Part Three: Jews and Christians: Reframing the Dialogue 19 Introduction to Part Three 20 Theological Bulimia: Christianity and Its Dejudaization 21 A March of Passion, Or, How I Came to Terms with a Film I Wasn't Supposed to Like 22 The Exposed Fault Line 23 Crucifying Jesus: Antisemitism and the Passion Story 24 Five Introspective Challenges 25 No Crucifixion = No Holocaust: Post-Holocaust Reflections on The Passion of the Christ 26 The Passionate Encounter: The Ethics of Affirming Your Faith in a Multi-Religious World 27 Reframing Difference: Evangelicals, Scripture, and the Jews 28 Afterword: The Passion of War