Mark Shea considers the Mel Gibson debacle

Were we seeing “the real Mel Gibson” when he went on his drunken rampage?

In The National Catholic Register, Mark Shea takes this question and runs with it… pointing out all kinds of truth along the way.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • SolShine7

    I’m not a fan of the thriller genre itself, but I had hoped that THR3E would do well.

  • Tim

    Sigh.

    I held out some hope, but my initial impression years ago has held out. My original review of Thr3e, the novel:

    http://www.christianfictionreview.com/?review=256

    Thr3e is a triumph of the written word and should NEVER have been made into a movie. It does stuff that simply cannot translate to a visual medium without “cheating” the audience.

    That doesn’t even get INTO the quality of the movie itself, which, by virtually all accounts, isn’t a good start for FoxFaith…

  • Chasid

    “Total depravity” DOES NOT mean that mankind is worthless. Rather, it means that all of mankind’s faculties–in toto–are eroded and sinful. This is merely what all Christians believe.

    This essentially renaissance jargon is often misconstrued by non-Calvinists in order to paint the Calvinist faith in a slanderous bad light. Do a quick survey of Reformed theology on the web and you’ll discover this very quickly.

    By the way, I’m not a Calvinist!

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    That’s because apologies don’t really heal damage done.

    Apologies merely open an opportunity for forgiveness. And if forgiveness and grace are shown in response, then we march on together, sharing each other’s burdens and bearing the scars of the failure. Only God can heal, and that healing usually doesn’t happen in this lifetime.

    Gibson has done what he can. That tells us something about him.

    The way the offended parties respond will tell us something about them.

    And the humility–or lack of it–with which we respond to the entire affair tells the world a lot about us.

  • M. Cruz

    I am not sure what else the man can possibly to do apologize and try to repair the damage done by his words and acts. He may or may not be sincere – only God knows that. My point is not to debate if he’s for real, or lying, or… whatever.

    All I know is that we rarely, if ever, see an ‘owning up’ to bad actions by the H’wood crowd. Here’s a man who seems to be trying to do that, and doing it over and over, yet it’s never enough.

  • Levi

    Wow! That was an excellent article. It sums up my disagreement with the doctrine of “total depravity” completely. Beautiful.


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