Posts tagged “religion”

  • Women’s ENews features excerpt from The Unfinished Revolution

    September 26, 2012

    Women’s ENews featured an excerpt by Judith Sunderland, from the collection of essays The Unfinished Revolution, this past weekend. While many of us can agree that it is a human rights violation to force women to cover their head and face with a veil, few have thought about the other side of the coin. According the Sunderland’s excerpt:

    “The sad irony is that whether they are being forced to cover up or to uncover, these women are being discriminated against. Banned from wearing the hijab–a traditional Muslim headscarf–or forced to veil themselves, women around the world are being stripped of their basic rights to personal autonomy; to freedom of expression; and to freedom of religion, thought and conscience.”

    Sunderland’s article explains that although some European countries see banning veils as a means of liberation, it is yet another form of dictating how a woman will not only dress, but how she will represent herself and her religion, if she so chooses.

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  • Jesus of Nazareth reviewed at Patheos

    Jesus of Nazareth reviewed at Patheos

    July 27, 2010

    From the Patheos review of Paul Verhoeven’s Jesus of Nazareth (article is the first search result at this link)

    Imagine this movie trailer: from the director of ”Showgirls” and “Basic Instinct” comes his most revealing project yet—“RoboJesus.” One might expect such a seemingly absurd tagline from provocative Danish filmmaker Paul Verhoeven. Instead, Verhoeven has written a smart, rigorous and accessible book about Jesus of Nazareth. … Verhoeven uncovers a seditious rebel whose edges were softened by subsequent church leaders. … Verhoeven comes across as an active seeker, [whose] devotion to studying the Bible challenges and humbles dedicated Christians.”

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  • Jesus of Nazareth in the New Yorker

    Jesus of Nazareth in the New Yorker

    May 19, 2010

    ... Much of what he has to say [in Jesus of Nazareth] is shrewd and learned... Verhoeven, citing Crossan... imagines a man being nailed to a cross, cries of agony, two companion crosses in view, and then we crane out to see two hundred crosses and two hundred victims: we are at the beginning of the story, the mass execution of Jewish rebels in 4 B.C., not the end. This was the Roman death waiting for rebels from the outset, and Jesus knew it. — Adam Gopnik, writing in the New Yorker

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  • Paul Verhoeven interviewed in Playboy

    Paul Verhoeven interviewed in Playboy

    April 30, 2010

    On the surface, Verhoeven is an unlikely person to advance the pursuit of Jesusology (my term). The director of such thrillers as Basic Instinct, he has no formal training in the high academic arts. He is the only voting member of the 77-seat Jesus Seminar—a group of New Testament scholars who try to find consensus on authentic material in the gospels and letters—who does not have a scholarly background. But his insights are masterful. Playboy on Paul Verhoeven and Jesus of Nazareth

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  • Paul Verhoeven in the Wall Street Journal’s “Speakeasy”

    Paul Verhoeven in the Wall Street Journal’s “Speakeasy”

    April 14, 2010

    The moderator of the discussion [at the IFC in New York City on April 8], Slate contributor Eric Hynes, noted that the filmmaker’s dour explanation of Jesus’s world “sounds just like a Paul Verhoeven movie.” The response was immediate. “Yeah,” Verhoeven said, “but I didn’t invent it this time.” — From the Wall Street Journal's "Speakeasy" blog

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  • Paul Verhoeven interview with MTV

    Paul Verhoeven interview with MTV

    April 13, 2010

    For your approval, here's Paul Verhoeven's filmed interview with Josh Horowitz at MTV.com about Jesus of Nazareth and how it fits with other recent treatments of one of the most sacred stories in Western civilization. Take a look below!

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  • Paul Verhoeven interviewed in New York Magazine

    Paul Verhoeven interviewed in New York Magazine

    April 13, 2010

    “Jesus was a human being, bound by history and the natural world; an extraordinary man, to be sure, but still a man,” says the now-71-year-old Verhoeven as he sits in the coffee shop of a midtown hotel, his lank silver-gold hair swinging about as he staccato-fires his argument. “Jesus may have had an immense sense of importance or destiny, but he never claimed to be the Son of God.” Verhoeven’s here to plug his book at the Hudson Union Society. Then why care about Jesus if he’s not the Son of God? Verhoeven says, “Because of his ethics. His thought. It isn’t because of the healings, because now humans possess the healing technology to do 100 times, 1,000 times what Jesus did. What we are left with is what he said, the parables, the moral thinking, because when you begin to study Jesus’ life, as the miracles fall away as physical impossibilities, you learn that the quotes, the speeches, and the reasoning behind them, for the most part, are genuine.” As to how he came to write such a book (the notes, bibliography, and various indexes take up 87 of the 288 pages), Verhoeven, who grew up in The Hague during the Nazi occupation, smiles slyly and says, “You mean when I’m supposed to be spending all my time making another version of Total Recall? There are other things to think about, you know.” — Marc Jacobson interviewing Paul Verhoeven

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  • Paul Verhoeven on Jesus of Nazareth

    Paul Verhoeven on Jesus of Nazareth

    April 1, 2010

    ... The book is a beginner’s guide to the Gospels. It also has your personal theory of Jesus as a cross between Che Guevara and Bertolt Brecht. I would say the parallel is slightly there with Che Guevara, but of course Che Guevara’s ethics are different than Jesus’. And if I compare him with Brecht, that is only in the way Brecht has tried in his work to keep distance, to avoid the identification that happens in American movies, where for the pleasure of the audience you can identify with the hero or the heroine. And I think the parables Jesus invented and spoke follow a little bit more Brecht than, say, Hitchcock. — Paul Verhoeven, to the Willamette Week

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  • Paul Verhoeven on Jesus of Nazareth

    Paul Verhoeven on Jesus of Nazareth

    February 4, 2010

    From an interview at Cinema-Scope with Robert Koehler, from just after the 2006 release of Paul Verhoeven's film The Black Book: ... You had this strange encounter with Pentecostal Christianity. How did that happen, and how did your reaction to that experience prompt your concern for reality and even hyper-reality? My then-future wife Martine got pregnant in 1966, and we didn’t want a child at the time. I was just starting my film career, and the prospect of an unplanned child might force me to abandon film at least temporarily. To a large degree, it was disturbing: during that period, I had a sense that I was losing my mind. I wouldn’t say a psychosis, but it felt close to that. My response was to become a member of a Pentecostal church, for a month. It was an existential need. This wasn’t common in Holland in the ‘60s... This encounter with spiritual, mystical Christianity had an enormous impact on me.

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