Holy Week and the Media Scrum

Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Tue, 18 Mar 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Perhaps unsurprisingly the fact that it’s Holy Week has seen faith pushed further up the media agenda.

The events of this week lie at the centre of the story we have to tell as Christians and it’s been interesting to see some of the media reaction this year. A few things have caught my eye…

The BBC are showing ‘The Passion’ – a four part dramatisation of the events leading up to the Crucifixion. I’ve watched the first two episodes and, once I managed to get over the notion of James Nesbitt as Pilate, thought it was good stuff. I’m not sure it has grabbed me or challenged me in the way that the Manchester Passion did a few years ago but it does give a real sense of the political and religious backdrop to Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem – and conveys something of the ‘pressure cooker’ type atmosphere that we forget about in our (often) remarkably sanitised celebration of Easter. If you’ve missed it check out iPlayer for the next week or so to catch up – the final two parts are being shown on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

rejesus have been working with the BBC to provide some resources to accompany the series – also worth having a look at.

Over the past year I’ve read through some of Dawkins’ and Hitchens’ material and was interested that The Guardian ran a challenging piece on ‘The Atheist Delusion’ on Saturday, as Holy Week was due to begin. Definitely worth a read.

Lastly, Easter often gives Christians the opportunity to speak (and be heard) and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, is taking full advantage of that opportunity. In an interview with The Times he has a fair bit to say about living counter-culturally.

Anyway, enough for now – I hope the Holy Week journey gives you new depth of insight this year…