Life of Brian would be risky now, says Terry Jones

From the Guardian Website:

Monty Python’s Terry Jones has revealed that he would shy away from making the comedy Life Of Brian today, because of a resurgence in religious belief.

Jones directed and acted in the 1979 film, starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle, which sparked a religious storm and accusations of blasphemy.

Opponents of the comedy, which was a worldwide box-office success, claimed it made fun of Jesus.

But Jones told the Radio Times: “I never thought it would be as controversial as it turned out, although I remember saying when we were writing it that some religious nut case may take pot shots at us, and everyone replied: ‘No’.”

The 69-year-old said: “I took the view it wasn’t blasphemous. It was heretical because it criticised the structure of the church and the way it interpreted the Gospels. At the time religion seemed to be on the back burner and it felt like kicking a dead donkey. It has come back with a vengeance and we’d think twice about making it now.”

Asked whether he would make a similarly satirical film about Muslims, he said: “Probably not – looking at Salman Rushdie [whose controversial book The Satanic Verses forced him into hiding for 10 years].

So. A few ponderings.

  • Are we more religious now then we were at the end of the 70s?
  • What modern films do you feel go to far?
  • What did the Romans ever do for us?


The @YouVersion Bible App Hits 30 Million Install Mark

Have you got an iPhone?

Have you come across the Youversion Bible App?

You should check it out. One of the great things about it, is that its makes it as easy to read the Bible on the bus, as it does on the sofa. I’ve not even begun to mention the easy access to multiple translations, note taking, and Bible plans. Simply put. It is an amazing tool to help you engage with the Bible.

The Youversion guys are also celebrating reaching the milestone of 30 million unique installs this week. As part of the celebration the follow infographic has been realised:

YouVersion 30 Million Installations Bible App Info Graphic

Further details available about the history of the youversion bible app here.

Weekly RoundUp: Lessons From The Mail

Welcome to this weeks Weekly Roundup:

  •  @OlMoore has a content moment.
  • Richard Littledale has a survey asking about peoples “verbal issues” – Where did it all go wrong?
  • There should be no surprise that there have been plenty of reactions to the death of Steve Jobs, @Rev_Gene and @alantlwilson are just two of the many…
  • Vic The Vicar ponders the behavior of footballers.
  • The Andesmedia site, has had a look at the Daily Mail’s reporting of the Amanda Knox appeal, and what lessons we learn for our own online space.
  • ….and finally… are you fed up with the Westboro Baptist Publicity machine? Well heres a Facebook page for you…