Kingdom of “good deeds”?

Jeffrey Overstreet has seen Kingdom of Heaven, and he doesn’t like it — partly because he thinks the film says “righteousness” is all about “good deeds”. While this would obviously be an incomplete understanding of righteousness, I wouldn’t expect anything terribly deep from a film made by a self-professed agnostic, and in fact, I don’t necessarily have that big a problem with this emphasis on “good deeds”, based on my reading of Romans 2 in particular; so I have posted some comments to this effect at Jeff’s blog.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14715376140228118442 Jeffrey Overstreet

    Peter, I’ve revised my comments extensively after having a night to sleep on it…. Thanks for catching me in some errors. I hope my revision is clearer and more carefully thought out. Last night, I was still weary from the day and the film, and I used some truly awful language like “varying varieties” and the word “betraying” instead of “portraying.” I should NEVER blog about a movie until at least 12 hours after seeing it.


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