Gory Easter productions miss an important part of the Gospels.

Religion, spirituality, and sacrilege.
April 9 2009 6:31 AM

Passionate Plays

Gory Easter productions miss an important part of the Gospels.

Also in Slate: Larry Hurtado gives historical context to Jesus' crucifixion, and Michael Sean Winters gives a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into Holy Week at a Catholic cathedral.

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It's Easter. Spring is here, though the calendar doesn't quite match the weather in many places. With the fast of Lent over, churches hoping to share their beliefs could take Jesus' parable as a suggestion: Throw a dinner. Make it lavish. "Go out to the highways and the hedges," as the rich man said, and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, the lame. What kind of story would that tell?

Patton Dodd is a doctoral candidate in religion and literature at Boston University and author of My Faith So Far: A Story of Conversion and Confusion.