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Wells Cathedral promotes blasphemous film about Jesus

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Issued on behalf of Christian Concern

Press Release

For Immediate Release
20 January 2014


Wells Cathedral promotes blasphemous film about Jesus

The decision by  the Diocese of Bath and Wells to screen the controversial Martin Scorsese film, ‘The Last Temptation  of Christ’, will be interpreted as the church endorsing a blasphemous film which distorts the Gospel message.

Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern warns that not only has the film caused worldwide offence among Christians since its release 25 years ago, but that the planned screening at Wells Cathedral will spread a wholly false message and obscure the New Testament history of the life and purpose of Jesus Christ from his birth to his death on the cross.

Martin Scorsese’s controversial film ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ is planned to be shown on Saturday, 25 January, as part of  the Bath Film Festival 2014.

“In an age when many people may have the sketchiest knowledge of the Gospel and history of Jesus Christ, the screening of this blasphemous film which challenges the perfection of the life of Jesus, by introducing an offensive dream sequence, will spread misunderstanding of the tenets of the Christian faith and give the impression that the church endorses such false teaching,” says Andrea.

In the dream sequence in which Christ is taken down from the cross, he is shown to marry Mary Magdalene and go on to have children with her.

“We have received calls and correspondence from concerned churchgoers, not only in the Somerset area, and the Western Daily Press has reported that some worshippers have described the film as ‘appalling’ for introducing the ‘theme of debauchery’. It is difficult to understand how screening such a film in a hallowed cathedral serves the Kingdom of God.  For that reason we have urged our supporters to make their views known to the Dean, who is principally responsible for the administration of the Cathedral,” adds Andrea.


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