Sunday, April 4, 2010
AS SEEN IN:
'The Book Of Daniel'
AS PLAYED BY:
Set in the fictional town of Newbury in Westchester County, New York, the main character is the Reverend Daniel Webster (Aidan Quinn), an unconventional Episcopal priest who is addicted to narcotic painkillers while his wife Judith (Susanna Thompson) fights her dependence on mid-day martinis.
Struggling to be a good husband, father, and minister, Webster regularly sees and talks with a classic-looking, white-skinned, white-robed and bearded Jesus (Garret Dillahunt), who nonetheless is rather unconventional. Daniel's Jesus appears only to him and openly questions modern interpretations of church teachings, reminding Daniel of his own strengths and weaknesses.
I think the basic assumption by the audience was that Jesus was just a figment of Daniel's imagination, spurred on by the stress and addiction. But I think to automatically question the reality of His presence in Daniel's company goes against basic belief. Shouldn't he be capable of returning? He's done it before and everybody seems okay with that, because it was chronicled in the New Testament. But faith shouldn't be a static thing in which God's works no longer happen.
People have no problem it seems in accepting TV shows about God's messengers coming back to Earth to help people - 'Highway To Heaven' and 'Touched By An Angel' enjoyed healthy runs. So why couldn't He have come back Himself in the person of His Son to get involved?
And that's just not Toobworld - why not in the real world too? Lapsed Catholic I may be, But I still have my faith and I think it's possible. So I'm treating the appearance of Jesus Christ in 'The Book of Daniel' as a real televersion and not just a figment of Daniel's imagination.
Happy Easter, everyone!