The Dude Abides
I suppose the Falsani article is a stretch. (You did read it, didn't you? Do so. Now. Links are for clicking, not for skipping. Bad reader.) But I like her style. And I'm inclined to give the piece more cred than I might have expected to, at least partly because that very question has been on my mind since reading a piece by Kate Bowman about seven years ago. Her Lebowski reference left me puzzled. Now it's making more sense.
If I cannot see evidence of incarnation in a painting of a bridge in the rain by Hokusai, a book by Chaim Potok or Isaac Bashevis Singer, in music by Bloch or Bernstein, then I will miss its significance in an Annunciation by Franciabigio, the final chorus of the St. Matthew Passion, the words of a sermon by John Donne.And, heading down yet another link-strewn path, since the controversies surrounding poor Mr Gibson have caused so many to lose track of whatever truths they may have been likely to miss in his Passion movie in the first place, tomorrow I'll offer up something I found online that refreshed my palate for that film as well.
If we are unable to see hints of incarnation in Lars Von Trier's BREAKING THE WAVES, Sofia Coppola's LOST IN TRANSLATION, the Coen Brothers' BIG LEBOWSKI, P.T. Anderson's MAGNOLIA — we are likely to miss the truth in Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST.
- Kate Bowman, Overcome With Passion, Christianity Today Movies