Monday, May 20, 2013

Good Things Wait For Those Who Come

"The Last Temptation of Christ" is now my favorite gospel story...

I've long been a fan of its controversial 1988 film adaptation by Martin Scorsese, but I have only just now read Nikos Kazantzakis' 1953 novel. I still prefer Scorcese's deft departure from the text, casting a 12 year old Juliette Caton as Satan; otherwise the novel offered no disappointments. The Last Temptation of Christ is at once fine literature, subversive theology, pious heresy, beautiful art, and a page turner. What a rush. Amazing stuff.