These Nonbiblical Movies Have to Stop!

April 16, 2014 | 44 comments

I risk ruining your Holy Week with this, I know, but hear me out. You deserve to know the truth, however shocking: Hollywood has outdone itself with a movie co-written and directed by a non-Catholic with some controversial baggage in his past.

I've seen this cinematic (more like sin-ematic) travesty myself so you don't have to. Actually, it's been out for a while.

It's about the final hours of Jesus' life, and it features a disturbingly high number of scenes that are not—I repeat not—found in the holy Bible, which is God's inspired word that must not be added to or improved on. Right?

If you're sitting down, I can give you a few examples. Deep breath. First, this mess of a movie features a scene with Jesus and his Mother, Mary, joking about table design. He even playfully (?) splashes water on her! I kid you not. 

We are then treated to scenes of giggling children encountered by Judas who turn out to be—what else?—demons! And when Judas flings the bag containing the silver pieces back at the chief priests in the Temple, it seems to slow down in midair. Where does the Bible say this is even possible?

I'm just getting started. Satan is played by—are you ready for this?—a woman. Not just any woman, but an androgynous, bald woman who, during the scourging scene, decides to show Jesus her (?) chubby love child. A hairy midget from hell, I tell you!

Jesus is further shown being booted off the edge of a drawbridge and stopped only by the chains that bind him before hitting the ground. Oh, and there's Judas cowering at the bottom of the bridge, gawking at him. This is found where in the Bible?

The actor playing Jesus is made to say to his Mother while on the Via Dolorosa, "Behold, I make all things new," when everyone knows this is a line from Revelation 21:5. Any filmmaker who plays fast and loose with the Bible itself is hardly interested in the proper order of events therein. 

And I didn't even mention the raven plucking out the eye of the bad thief on the cross (ew!), or the very nonbiblical conversation between Jesus and Simon of Cyrene, or the giant teardrop falling from the sky over Calvary. (Yeah, as if a teardrop could set off an earthquake.)

As I was watching this fetid spectacle, it was weird. I heard music coming from the speakers of my TV set, accompanying the action. But when I read the Bible, I never hear music (unless, you know, I have it playing in the background). And in the tomb scene, when the apparently risen Jesus stands up (clearly naked, I might add) I heard military drums. Hey, Hollywood, who was playing the drums in the tomb, Buddy Rich? 

Mark my words: The Christian exploiters in Hollywood are going to start churning out other epic films "based on" the Bible. Trembling as I write this, I do solemnly swear that the story of Noah will one day be subjected to a similar smear campaign. 

Dear Hollywood: Stop adding to the inspired word of God with your diabolical need to "tell a story visually." Please. It's wrong. It's bad. I don't like it.

— A Concerned Literalist Christian Viewer

P.S. Yes, this is parody. 


Patrick Coffin is a dynamic speaker, emcee, and host of the top-rated national radio show, Catholic Answers Live. He has degrees in theology and philosophy from McGill University in Montreal and Franciscan University of Steubenville. A former stage actor, Patrick has appeared on the FOX Channel,...

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#1  Francis Bertolini - North Canton, Ohio

Et prorsus concordant, At vero ne Patricius iocum circa quae magna! Just saying...

April 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm PST
#2  leonard kessinger - Phoenix, Arizona

hahaha nice aye

April 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm PST
#3  leonard kessinger - Phoenix, Arizona

Sadly this is like my Dad

April 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm PST
#4  toral vora - oslo, Vestfold

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April 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm PST
#5  Ines Santos - No. Brunswick, New Jersey

I have never heard you speak nor am I familiar with your work. From the credentials listed, I can only infer that you are strongly devoted to your Catholic faith as I . Having read your 'parody', I came away feeling like the football manager that had just been showered with ice cold Gatorade. You came across (to me), like unhappy and highly critical Protestants, perpetuating the Sola Scriptura litany. You 'sound' like someone who has never read anything other than the Bible. I do trust and firmly believe that the Bible is THE resource and source of Christianity in its veracity, inspiration and guidance. Catholic Tradition and other writings endorsed by the Catholic Church also give additional substance. Over the centuries, additional writings have helped and have augmented what the Bible has gifted to Christians for 2000 years. I can not understand why humans are always ready to ridicule a work such as the one you just parodied. But then, would one find any positives from your parody? I would have been happier reading a compare/contrast editorial. I read not one positive or TRUTHS of this movie. Goodness knows there are far more (truths) than the ridiculous liberties taken in its production. Much in this work IS consistent with the Bible. I am VERY familiar with this movie. I do believe it kept close to the Bible. However, the temptation to tear down others stays true to the atmosphere of relativism. In our world it is easier to tear down and find fault, than to take a lomg look deeper at message(s) and determine 'what was good, great' and 'what did not come close'. I sincerely pray, God may amplify your mind AND heart, to look further than the surface of things. I agree that many misquotes and bizarre insertions were liberally and irresponsibly tossed into the movie, for sake of box office thrills. But do you question 'the message' in the movie. Do you think it was in movie, along with the music ?
Are you familiar with the book (other than the Bible) was used to 'fill in the details'', so to speak? If you do, I would love to know if you are familiar with it and have read you read it. Above all else, I wish you a very Blessed Easter.

P.S.
A warning about the movie NOAH. That was directed by a professed atheist, who made the movie to look like a part three of the movie '300'. The liberties
taken in this 'Biblical' production might cause you to burst a vein. One does get the fundamentals and truths of the Biblical story, then there is a serious derailment.

April 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm PST
#6  Clinton Ufford - Sweet Home, Oregon

Didn't Noah somewhat follow the pseudepigrapha book of Enoch? I havent seen Noah yet because I was afraid of giant men assumedly descended from Anak (or fallen angels) impregnating earthly women would just be to much to handle. I was waiting to read a commentary, or hear from someone, that Goliath was a direct descendent of Satan and his mother was of a Canaanite tribe from middle earth. Apparently Darren Aronofsky gathered his information not only from Richard Dawkins, but from Jon Voight in his illuminating 1999 "epic" tale of Noah, where we capture him fleeing from Sodom and Gomorrah ... wait, wasn't that Abe? Hunh, anyways, Hollywood is far from canonical.

April 16, 2014 at 7:50 pm PST
#7  Will Johnson - Grand Rapids, Michigan

@ Ines Santos
Maybe I'm wrong, but I think you mis-understood Patrick's blog post. The note that this was a 'parody' at the end didn't mean he was actually criticizing "The Passion of the Christ". It meant he was poking fun at how everybody was freaking out at how seemingly twisted "Noah" was.

IMO, the artistic twists in "Noah" were a little different that those in "The Passion...". 'Noah' gives off a very humanistic moral and seems to completely change the point of the story. The things in "The Passion..." were not fundamentally at odds with the Gospel, at least not on the surface; they enhanced the story.

Patrick, I found this funny, but I hope you can appreciate my point above. I think "Noah" and "The Passion..." have a key difference in how they were handled cinematically.

April 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm PST
#8  Sarita Pangilinan - Martinez, California

Every time I watch Mel Gibson's, The Passion of the Christ, & I've seen it ever Lent since, it has each & every time brought me to tears. I try & make this my little Lenten retreat to help reflect on our Lord's passion & death. Mr. Coffin is trying to point out all the biblical anomalies of the movie in order to show perhaps how judgemental we can all be. However, each time I've seen the movie, aside from the scenes that are 'sola scriptura' or close to it like the very first scene, the Agony in the Garden (except for the trans-genderish devil you describe), I was also touched by the scenes Patrick lists as not in scriptures & so Hollywood-ish! On the way of cross, when Jesus Mary meets His mother, I've always though sadly about what Mary was feeling. It is possible she recalled times when she was able to rescue her Son from harm but now she is utterly helpless & sees Jesus in this state. Why not? Why not the playful scene of mother & grown son? I've seen my own mother be playful with my 6 grown brothers! Unusual? No! Realistically possible? Yes! Jesus building a table with legs? He was a carpenter afterall. Did I come out of the movie thinking "what the heck, Jesus invented the high tables & chairs too. OMG!" No! But he could have :-) I haven't seen the atheist's movie NOAH! I will on NETFLIX! I do pray this, for a possible spiritual conversion of Darren Aronofsky :). He is gifted & gifted by God. He just refuses to accept this & like a lot of successful people, believes in himself too much. I pray also for Mel Gibson, a sinner like rest of us but a believer & you can bet your bottom dollar he thanks God for all his gifts & blessings. He, I'm sure like a good Catholic should, reflects on his sins, partakes the Sacraments of Holy confession & Holy Eucharist albeit on the extreme end. We are God's work in progress :-)

April 17, 2014 at 7:31 am PST
#9  Michael Darlak - Collins, Ohio

Be it parody or time spent amusing oneself 'Patrick', these earlier comments are no doubt wonderfully written. Ines, Clinton, Will, Sarita, the Spirit of God dwells near, "Thank you". Patrick. point taken, love your work.

April 17, 2014 at 8:52 am PST
#10  Clinton Ufford - Sweet Home, Oregon

Lol, that Mr Darlak. I just think it is some-what hilarious to see the world in an uproar about the new Noah "movie." As if it were a direct teaching from Gamaliel himself. Evidently, Aronofsky held to the Mishnah, therefor, according to the vast majority, making it "authentic." "Fallen angels from heaven with sexual organs the size of horse's impregnated human women ..." (Enoch 86:3-4). A whole series of doctrines have been built around Genesis 6:4 and Numbers 13:33. Im just so thankful to be Catholic in cases like this, and to have a solid teaching that makes sense. The sad thing is how many people out there that are on the fence with Christianity are now left in disarray because of Hollywood and an atheist movie-maker. Scripture is pretty clear as to what happened to the fallen angels: “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day” (Jude vs 6). The next thing were going to see is that the Spartans were direct descendants of King David and King Leonidas was from the Tribe of Jasher, who led the military expedition against the Ishmaelite's during Assyrian captivity. What would John Calvin do?

April 17, 2014 at 10:07 am PST
#11  Danijel Maljur - Zagreb, Zagreb (city)

Opinion on Noah the movie by a Croatian franciscan priest (with captions)... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA8Xq4rJhAI&list=UUw6jreZS2TgxYt7zUzfUUaQ

April 17, 2014 at 10:27 am PST
#12  Clinton Ufford - Sweet Home, Oregon

That be great Danijel, if I spoke Croatian!! :)

April 17, 2014 at 10:32 am PST
#13  Patrick Coffin - El Cajon, California

Even when you explain that it's parody, some people hear only what they want to hear. I won't insult anyone's intelligence by explaining further. But for those pious souls who think I'm "making fun of the sacred," let me assure you it ain't so. And for the record, I think "The Passion of the Christ" IS a masterpiece and that "Noah" is not (while it does have many magnificent elements and a pro-life, pro-fertility, and pro-God message). Essentially, what Will Johnson said…

(PS: I hope Toral gets back on the meds and stops hearing from Oshogum the Great and Powerful.)

April 17, 2014 at 11:01 am PST
#14  Clinton Ufford - Sweet Home, Oregon

I still think The Babylonian Empire needs to be led into Scotland with William Wallace parading around the pagan Anabaptists burning witches at the stake! There's a story line!

April 17, 2014 at 11:16 am PST
#15  Clinton Ufford - Sweet Home, Oregon

-No, I dont think Meno Simons was a pagan cult leader - just for the record.

April 17, 2014 at 11:18 am PST
#16  Michael Darlak - Collins, Ohio

Clinton if I may, find myself like you and Sarita in some what of a query, that is none of us have actualy seen this movie Noah. We have seen and spent time descerning Patricks' untitled movie but for the most part religated our understanding of Aronofsky Noah to the wider path. Surely we could ask the Holy Spirit to help us seperate the grain from the chaff as it may and then take in this movie Noah. When I first read this "literalist" christian post my skin was crawling and I became nausious. I could see Patricks Literary sarcasm but it wasn't till I read Mr. Santos' comments to wich I regained some strength. To the Catholic journalistic world Patrick Coffin is a dynamic speaker (it works for him). Mr. Santos who I'm sure is far more learned then I would have preferred a more compare/contrast editorial (it works for him). But that was not Patricks intention or in this case style. None the less I deeply enjoyed Mr. Santos' thoughts as I believe Patrick and Mr. Will Johson would have also. If I have underscored you Mr Santos I apologize. Like you Clinton, I too am Weary of these mamoth Sons of God and the women of earth, I try to see this as not so much a "being endowed" but more of a rather larger ego. Somewhere I too saw this refference to this Abraham/Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah, I'm just as puzzled as you. As far as Calvinism what's done is done. God had a reason or possibly a need for John. In closing along with Mrs. Saria Pangilinan I too will sit down with My Wife on Good Friday And watch Passion of The Christ. We will pray and ask Christ again as St. Peter did "Lord, for whom shall we go ? You have the words of eternal life". Thank you Mrs. Pangilinan, your words are truly inspiring. Thank you also Clinton your Faith is rich in Spiritual Wisdom.

April 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm PST
#17  Clinton Ufford - Sweet Home, Oregon

Michael Darlak, my comments were all in good fun. I wasn't serious with any of them; except my comment in regards to Aronofsky script being based off the pseudepigrapha book's of Enoch, Jasher, & Jubilee - which it seems to be. Your right, I havent seen the movie yet, but I am familiar with the script. Maybe I went to far combining ridiculous scenario's for future movies. Good bless you all!

April 18, 2014 at 5:11 am PST
#18  Robert Weidner - Kinder, Louisiana

At Ines Santos.
How do you come to your conclusion that the Bible is the resource, source, inspiration, and guidance of Christianity?

Just a question.

April 18, 2014 at 7:28 am PST
#19  K Matthew Grinstead - Reno, Nevada

***** me as agreeing with #7 Will Johnson. The sarcastic analogy that Patrick makes is flawed at its foundation. The unnamed masterpiece, while definitely taking "artistic license," is right on target with the scriptural truth. Noah is not even close to the scriptural target. The very basic and fundamental message of why God (aka "the Creator") brought the flood, for example. Thank God it does not exist, but if it did, then a better analogy would be a movie about Christ that showed Him dying for the protection of the over-fished Sea of Galilee.
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Patrick and many other Christians may well be "smart" enough to not be lost and confused in the "artistic" effects of Noah... but think of how many are not. Think of the rather poor catechisis we have seen go epidemic. Think of how much influence Hollywood has had over the last century in shaping culture. Now think of how that influence has helped us to the near collapse of all things good and reverential in our society. Coarseness and secularism abound-- in large part due to the subtle, and not-so-subtle, shaping coming from "serious artists" (who also happen to have a certified, and often admitted, anti-Christian agenda).
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Will stop now... am almost out of scare quotes. Still love you, Patrick, and will always be a devoted listener and reader, but I think you are missing the big picture here (so to speak). God bless!

April 18, 2014 at 8:55 am PST
#20  Patrick Coffin - El Cajon, California

K. Matthew: How long ago did you see "Noah"? Side comment: Only fools look to *Hollywood movies* to get the truth about the Bible, even good Hollywood movies like TPOTC.

Clinton: Come on, man, write that screenplay! I dig it: Lou Ferrigno can play Wallace!

Happy Good Friday, everyone.

April 18, 2014 at 10:04 am PST
#21  Hugh Wahl - Keller, Texas

I am a bit concerned about the tone that is used here in the article. The writings and especially the conversations are filled with “witty” statements, which, serve to divert us all from working out real questions of faith, by insulting. Any questions that I ask here should not be taken as malicious or accusatory, I truly, in the name of Jesus Christ, would like us all to come to His truth and understanding. I am a Protestant, and would like to converse with fellow Christians the way that Christ would like us all to do. My first question would be to ask why a Catholic writer would be so offended for a movie producer to take liberties in expressing the environment of the Gospel. This, and I am not looking to offend, is questionable considering Catholicism claims that it's religion is rich with other sources than the Bible. Another way of saying it, and I have heard it said by many Catholic clergy and academics, is Catholicism is not handcuffed to the Bible alone. Catholicism is a combination of the Bible, writings of Church “Fathers”, tradition, etc. This is usually the answer that is given when a Protestant will question some practices of the Catholic Church that are in opposition to the Scriptures. For instance, the Bible is very clear that Christ is the one and only mediator between God and Man. The Catholic Church has prayers and petitions that are directed to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. This is, truly, in direct conflict with the Bible. The response I have heard on Catholic radio and such is that the prayers are not to Mary, however, any son will listen to the coaxing of his mother. That is not the point of my writing, but is a major argument for my confusion that the author would have a problem with the movie setting the stage for the Gospel. For instance, the scene with Mary and Jesus at the table, which Christ had just built in his trade, is actually a very real and significant part of the Gospel. Although it in itself cannot be found in the scripture, it reminds the viewer that Mary was the earthly Mother of our Lord, and there certainly was a loving relationship between the Mother and her Son. Just the same as the liberty the producer took in showing Mary having a flashback of Jesus as a young boy falling. As Jesus Mother, we all agree that Mary must have wept watching her Son be beaten, mocked, and crucified. She must have suffered and recalled the times in His life that she cared for and helped Him. When Jesus falls with the cross, it is not far fetched to imagine that Mary thought of times where she helped Him as a child. Why would that be unbiblical? Why would a mother checking the table that her son just built be extraordinary? Why would Jesus playing with His mother, by splashing water at her be offensive. Mary was a real mother, and Jesus was real God/man. This is the Gospel! Christ suffered as a man for our sins, and Mary suffered as a Mom watching her Son suffering. We Christians are having a real problem convincing non-believers of the truth because we insist on cleaning the Gospel story to a point that it becomes unbelievable. It was God’s will for Jesus to live in a very normal life environment, yet without sin. This is one of the many aspects and achievements of Jesus that we glorify Him for. He was in all points tempted with normal day to day life experiences, yet chose obedience to His Father. I’m not sure why any Christian wouldn’t see this.

April 18, 2014 at 10:10 am PST
#22  K Matthew Grinstead - Reno, Nevada

Patrick- you help prove my point, good sir. We have a nation of fools who are so often used as pawns (or "useful idiots") in the culture war. You and I and many others do not look to Hollywood for biblical truth... but, sadly, many among the ignorant masses do.
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I have not seen the movie, and will not until such time as I can do so without supporting its makers financially. I feel as if I have, though, after much reading from varying sources (including you). For the record, I also did not go to the Stux gallery to see "**** Christ." Not to say they are analogous-- just that some things do not have to be fully imbibed to be understood.

April 18, 2014 at 10:21 am PST
#23  Patrick Coffin - El Cajon, California

I asked a question I knew the answer to already. That you compare (and then say you're not analogizing) the Andres Serrano monstrosity with a thoughtful, pro-life, pro-fertility, pro-faith, pro-justice, pro-mercy film is better known as jumping the shark. I really don't mind if people elect not to see any particular movie, let alone an imperfect one like "Noah." So fine, stay away from it. But you made several positive assertions about the film that are based on third party opinions that aren't even accurate. Like, for instance, the reason for why the Creator brought the flood. (You don't know the reason, but you read what someone else thinks it was…)

Hugh Wahl, you're asking some very good and thoughtful questions, which bring us far afield of the parody piece. Check out the key word search at catholic.com or call the apologists line M-F, (619) 387-7200. And please pray for me.

I'm over and out on this. It's Good Friday -- and Jesus wins.

April 18, 2014 at 10:34 am PST
#24  K Matthew Grinstead - Reno, Nevada

I meant the analogy only insomuch as it means I do not need to something that I know will offend me. As to the message of the movie, I got that from the director himself. He wrote a piece in the Washington Post describing how he ties his Noah message to the message of the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Jesus wins, indeed!

April 18, 2014 at 10:56 am PST
#25  Clinton Ufford - Sweet Home, Oregon

Patrick! Good Friday to you sir and God bless! I'll reach out to Piers Morgan and we'll see if he is willing to play the role of Wallace. Why I'm at it, I'll see about getting Lars Larson onboard to complete the authentic Davinci trilogy. Whoops, I just combined religion and politics!

April 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm PST
#26  jeffery williams - mobile, Alabama

Patrick, At what point does truth matter anymore. As Father Mitch Pacwa [ a expert on the Old Testament] said and I quote ( The only thing the movie NOAH had to do with the Bible is a man named named Noah, 3 sons, a boat and a flood) end quote. The problem is to many mislead people will watch this and think its the truth. Heck the left behind nonsense has sole 63 million copies and most protestants believe it. I can't believe the way you make fun of people that have a problem with it but yet will coddle people who remove seven books of the Old Testament.

April 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm PST
#27  Ines Santos - No. Brunswick, New Jersey

@ Mr. Weidner: Hi Robert. thanks for your question.Yes..you are right..it is my conclusion. In my Catholic upbringing....there has been emphasis on the spirituality and learning of sacred scriptures. In the books of the Bible, Christians (in my opinion) derive the awareness, teachings and influence of the long history that has led to our choosing to commit our lives to Christ.. I consider the Bible as THE foundation for true devotion and commitment to our Lord and the Trinity.
However, I also followed that sentence, by saying that there is a richness to Catholic tradition and the scholarly writings that augment our faith. This premise is cited many times in the Bible: .e.g., 1Cor11:2, 2 Thess2:15, John21:25, 2 Tim1:13, Romans10:17. There are many more citations to this effect..I just wanted to share these with you as examples. I welcome your writing back, if you are so inclined. I love discussing and sharing my faith and learning from other as well; I love my faith I mean I really love my faith. If ever I were confronted by anyone to deny my faith or death, they would have to complete their threat. God Bless and may your Easter be ever Blessed.

April 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm PST
#28  Ines Santos - No. Brunswick, New Jersey

@ Sarita Pangilian: I want to thank you for your words; they were much in line with my heartfelt feelings. I was just too 'involved' writing my disappointment with Patrick's writing ( though I can appreciate from where he's coming.) Watching the depth of Jesus' suffering in the movie TPOTC, far outweighed the absurdities and misquotes inserted in the movie. I was left with indelible images that help my prayers become more focused and far more appreciative of what the Lord did for us; sinners can be so cruel, callous, selfish. We are all so guilty of inflicting such horrible pain.
I wish you a most blessed Easter.

April 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm PST
#29  Juliette De Nova - Tinley Park, Illinois

Patrick....love your show, love your comments....but (and yes, that's a very pregnant 'but' ;>)
if you feel that you have to preface your post by stating,
" I risk ruining your Holy Week with this, I know,...."
Then you should save your post for another time. Why on earth would you risk ruining someone's Holy Week by distracting them with a parody about some ridiculous movie?!?! Yes...you distracted people from Holy Week to think about NOAH?!?! Bad Patrick....bad, bad, bad ;>D
As a person who makes a living in the public eye, you have chosen to put yourself in the limelight, and (sometimes unfortunately) have to answer for what you do in public.
This post might have been better posted in two weeks or so....but on Wednesday of Holy Week? REALLY? I would have thought that you would have wanted to spend YOUR Holy Week in reverent prayer and not arguing/discussing with those who comment on some blog.
I know I came to Catholic.com tonight hoping to find an inspirational blog post after church tonight....I can't help but think that others might be doing the same....and I get a parody of some stupid Noah movie? Disappointing doesn't even begin to describe it.....then get dragged into all of the negative comments? (mea culpa, mea culpa!) UGH! I may as well have logged onto Yahoo!.com!
I'm sorry to say that I think something got the better of your judgement when you decided to post this parody on this particular day....Holy Week deserves better than a post about some "movie"....and I KNOW you can do better, I've seen/heard it!
I won't be back here, it's not worth spending my time during Holy Week talking about Noah, the movie. I have a solemn and silent Holy Saturday tomorrow, and a Great Easter Vigil to celebrate tomorrow evening!!
Now....back to your regularly scheduled argument about some dumb movie.....;>)

April 18, 2014 at 7:59 pm PST
#30  Clinton Ufford - Sweet Home, Oregon

Patrick, I just want you to know that I love you.

April 18, 2014 at 8:05 pm PST
#31  Philip Ilom Ugbem - Ogoja, Cross River

Whaoo very interesting aproach.
But the question is: "how can we(true christians) help end this or these mess?"
Because we always buy and buying encourage production.
Philip I Ugbem

April 19, 2014 at 3:00 am PST
#32  Michael Darlak - Collins, Ohio

After reading the thrashing (albeit motherly) Juliette gave Patrick, I would like to reverse my stance on having an open mind into the viewing of Aronofsky's Noah. Instead, I believe one should avoid viewing this "dumb movie" so as not to knowingly partake in an intrinsic evil, that is if my understanding of our Bishops definition of what an intrinsic evil is, and I do believe it is. Furthermore Friends I too , as Juliette, am prepared at this point to roll over and climb out of this ditch that inevitably well go down as being Patrick Coffin's dumbest post. Sorry Pat. Blessed and Joyful Easter Friends.

April 19, 2014 at 5:33 am PST
#33  Robert Weidner - Kinder, Louisiana

@ Ines Santos
I agree with most of what you said, however I am trying to make a point. That without the Church there would be no Bible. There is nothing in the Bible that contradicts Divine Apostolic Tradition and no Divine Apostolic Tradition that contradicts the Bible. So I think you would agree that the richness that was mentioned is Divine because it was handed down from Jesus to the Apostles. I would also like to point out that I am in no way taking any importance away from the Bible. To ignore the Word of God would be ingnoring anything from God. It is very important that we read His Word. And listen to the Church to infallibly interpret it. To say the Bible is the foundation for true devotion and commitment to our Lord and the Trinity is subjective truth. I think you would be in agreement that if everyone would listen to the Church we would not be divided in our Doctrines on Faith and Morals. We would be united as one just as the Trinity is One. Also I am in no way trying to take anything away from your faith or for that matter anyone's. The Church, which is the body of Christ and Jesus working through his Church, brings the God's words in the Bible alive. The church is born primarily of Christ's total self-giving for our salvation, anticipated in the institution of the Eucharist and fulfilled on the cross. "The origin and growth of the Church are symbolized by the blood and water which flowed from the open side of the crucified Jesus." "For it was from the side of Christ as he slept the sleep of death upon the cross that there came forth the 'wondrous sacrament of the whole Church.'" As Eve was formed from the sleeping Adam's side, so the Church was born from the pierced heart of Christ hanging dead on the cross. (CCC766)

April 19, 2014 at 6:27 am PST
#34  Robert Weidner - Kinder, Louisiana

In my post above I should have separated where my thoughts and where I quoted the CCC. I am sorry I did not. I don't want anyone to think the whole post is from the CCC. Hopefully one can tell where the CCC starts. Sorry.

April 19, 2014 at 7:07 am PST
#35  Ines Santos - No. Brunswick, New Jersey

@ Robert Weidner I am in agreement with you on many of your points . My perspective comes the fact that the Bible was 'in the making' from the time of creation. Much of the Old Testament was written by individuals that came long before our Lord came to fulfill the promise that God the Father made to humankind: that a savior would come to 'save the day'. Much of the OT points to that promise, that moment in time when God the Son came to fulfill the scriptures. Yes..I agree ..Christ did establish His church by His sacrifice and with the help and devotion of the Apostles.

April 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm PST
#36  Jenney Frazier - Cleveland, Tennessee

Patrick - I think you're great! Keep up your good work. It took me a minute to realize you were joking, but once I did I just laughed (especially your comment about 'hearing music'). Bahaha! Well written. Point taken! On an ironic note, I am watching the annual network showing of 'The Ten Commandments' with Charlton Heston as I type this...

April 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm PST
#37  Chris Landreneau - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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There, I said it, in Ukrainian. Pray for Russia & the Ukrainian!

April 20, 2014 at 2:46 pm PST
#38  Chris Landreneau - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Oh, Oh! My translation did not post correctly. Oops!

April 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm PST
#39  Patryk Nogaj - Lumberton, New Jersey

I highly recommend the children's 52 episode cartoon series "The Flying House". A 1983 Japanese Anime based on the New Testament distributed by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).

This is the best use of artistic liberties I've seen for New Testament media to fill in gaps in a story that are required for length and added interest without going totally off the Biblical track.

Just one little example is just prior to Judas' betrayal of Jesus. Judas became jealous of the other apostles because Jesus entrusted Peter and John to select the venue for the Passover Feast. Judas tried to outdo Peter by securing a mansion, but Jesus rebuked him for it. The devil then whispers into Judas' ear: "It appears that you have fallen out of favor. Why would you remain in the service of someone who doesn't appreciate you?". This leads to the betrayal.

I thought something was awry when I was reading the article, but wasn't completely sure. I still wasn't sure when I read the statement that it was a parody. I wasn't sure until I read the name "Patrick Coffin".

You're the man, Patrick. My favorite EWTN radio personality.

April 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm PST
#40  Patryk Nogaj - Lumberton, New Jersey

The only criticism that I have with this article is that nowhere did it include the definition of the word "parody". It appears it would have been helpful to some guests.

April 20, 2014 at 8:49 pm PST
#41  William Gnade - Hancock, New Hampshire

I am undeniably late to this party.

It strikes me as odd that a parody would be written about a film now a decade old. Granted, there is an attempt to connect this arguably classic Christian film ("The Passion of the Christ") with "Noah", but it fails since, or so I've surmised from the comments, the parodist believes "Noah" is not nearly the "masterpiece" that is Mel Gibson's "The Passion..."

My biggest qualm with the parody is that it doesn't echo the real comments made by critics of Mel Gibson's film. Few if any evangelicals were critical of it; memory, always a faulty guide, tells me that tens of thousands of evangelicals enthusiastically supported the film (I remember all kinds of "Sola Scriptura" folks actually PROMOTING the film). In fact, I don't recall anyone of note damning the film as "unbiblical." Rather, Mr. Gibson's film was berated for being anti-semitic. Hence, since "Noah" has been dismissed as unbiblical, I am unsure how the parody works in any parallel sense.

In seems, then, that Mr. Coffin created something of a straw-man, if not even a whole fiction, out of criticism of Mel Gibson's film.

Lastly, it is unclear to me how Mel Gibson can be described by Mr. Coffin as a "non-Catholic." Surely Mr. Gibson has described himself as a Catholic; and I know of no evidence indicating the Church has tossed him to the Protestant droves. If indeed Mr. Gibson is not a Catholic, that is news to me. Odd things surely do happen in the world and I am always open to being corrected, but I thought it was clear Mr. Gibson is Catholic in birth, baptism and choice.

April 24, 2014 at 10:25 am PST
#42  Clinton Ufford - Sweet Home, Oregon

Wow! Cant anyone figure out a joke ...!!!.... Blasphemy!!

April 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm PST
#43  Patricia Ann Poss Ruzicka - Altus, Oklahoma

Hi , everyone. I do hope you & yours are doing well ? I guess I am off topic , but as I expressed I did want to say Hi .

April 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm PST
#44  Kevin Saito - Honolulu, Hawaii

Love your show, Patrick! You have a quirky personality that's appealing yet you're professional enough to keep the callers focused and guests on topic with a gentle hand. I hope you remain the host for many years to come. God Bless you.

P.S. Also agree with you that people shouldn't look to Hollywood to get Biblical truth.

June 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm PST

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