I tend to find any portryal of religion in movies today to show someone either insanely preaching, ageing, or murderous.
Whenever a main character is religious in a movie they are willing to put aside their faith for some "greater good" or comedy value. Ironically the only movies where they do not do this tend to come from Russia or Persia these days, either that or medieval.
vrc, I also watched theHistory of Christianity series and it gave me a lot o laugh about, and really made me wonder what is going on in the Oxford divinity schools. The series was indeed well produced but just seemed to portray the Ortodox as some lost tradition as most western Christian shows tend to do. It refered to the Oriental Churches as being practically lost and completely blanked Alexandria which is one of the Oldest seats in Christian history. Somehow he moved from Syria to China also, without touching on the Indian Orthodox Tradition. Basically the episode on the Oriental Church it was far too vague.
Can anyone suggest some movies which actually show a positive portrayal of Christianity (and are not made by "the crazies?" such as Mel Gibson :lol: )
The only major one I can think of is the one Fr. Simon mentioned, Ostrov (the Island) is a beautiful little Russian movie about a monk and his search for redemption. Apart from this I am all out of ideas...
"The true Christian is a warrior making his way through the regiments of the invisible enemy to his heavenly homeland." - St Herman of Alaska.