Muslim apologetics has hit the silver screen. Christian Today reports:
An Iranian director says the movie he has produced on Jesus according to Islam is the Muslim answer to Western productions such as Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ”.
While Nader Talebzadeh praised Gibson’s “Passion” as admirable he added, however, that it was quite simply “wrong”.
When I first came across this I though, hmmm, this could create some interesting openings for conversation between Christians and Muslims, if handled sensitively. And it seems that is one of the intents of the director, for he states:
“By making this film I wanted to make a bridge between Christianity and Islam, to open the door for dialogue since there is much common ground between Islam and Christianity,” he said.
However, the more cynical side of me says, that’s a big if. There are some on both side who seek dialogue, but aren’t always the ones in the media spotlight now are they! Still, that doesn’t mean people like us can’t make the most of an opportunity.
One of the questions the film obviously raises is, can both views of Jesus be correct? I suspect affirming that will be a stretch for even the most hard core relativist, which then raises the question, well which one is more correct and how can you tell?