Monday, September 6, 2010

Kingdom of Heaven

On my Facebook page I often post random movie quotes. I kind of enjoy seeing if other people get the reference or not. I wanted to post this one - "I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What God desires is here [points to head] and here [points to heart] and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man - or not." - but Facebook said it was too long and there was no good way to shorten it. It comes from Kingdom of Heaven, a 2005 Ridley Scott film about the Crusades.

I originally saw KoH because it had Orlando Bloom and Edward Norton. I've seen it several times since because it really makes me think about what it means to be a person of faith. It's about the age-old conflicts between Jews, Christians and Muslims over Jerusalem.

You can watch it as an action flick with knights, castles, sword fights and huge battle scenes. Or you can pay more attention to the dialog and watch it as a meditation about faith versus religion. Personally, I recommend the latter. Watch it if you haven't already and let me know what you think.

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