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.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • 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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