There a couple of movies that I’m interested in seeing this fall that I’ve seen previews of recently.
The first is The Nativity, which you can probably guess is the story of the birth of Christ. As best as I can tell, it follows Mary and Joseph from before the Annunciation until after the Epiphany and the visit of the Wise Men. I watched the “behind the scenes” interview with the screenwriter and it’s very apparent that he’s a Christian, although he doesn’t say what denomination. From the context, I’m guessing he’s not Catholic, so it will be interesting to see how they deal with Mary’s role in all this. If I have any concerns, it comes from the blurb about the movie, that says that it is “Brought to life with an unprecedented attention to detail and commitment to historical accuracy” and that “The Nativity Story is the very human, very dramatic, and uniquely inspiring saga of a journey of faith.”
I hate to say it, but whenever I see someone claim “a commitment to historical accuracy” and that the story is “very human” I start to worry that we’re going to get more of that “historical Jesus v. the Christ of faith” baloney that’s been pushed by the likes of the Jesus Seminar for years.
I think that isn’t the case here. I hope that this will neither be a cheesy overly sentimental flick like some Christians make nor that it will be a blatant de-bunking of the Nativity story.
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