Religion: Christ in Jeans

"If Christ had been put on television to preach the Sermon on the Mount," says British Writer (and former Punch Editor) Malcolm Muggeridge, "viewers would either have switched on to another channel, or contented themselves with remarking that the speaker had an interesting face." Yet Christ is currently much in evidence on British TV. Most startling example: a Passion play in which Christ is a young man with an Elvis Presley haircut, scuffed loafers and worn jeans. The Virgin Mary, plump and nondescript, was the British version of anybody's mum. Pontius Pilate was suave and courteously detached in a well-pressed lounge...

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