Friday, June 03, 2005

Judith Christ, Showgirl

A new edition of the Gospels (as originally edited by Thomas Jefferson) is being published in which all references to Jesus are replaced by Judith and all pronouns referring to God are feminine instead of masculine.

Just think about that for a second. Here is a contemporary artistic work about the life of Jesus that doesn't involve homosexual intercourse, evacuated human or animal waste, or hidden conspiracies spanning continents and centuries. It does not appear to have a political agenda beyond a simple empowering recognition of the existence of women. It is content to restrain itself to correcting what it identifies as a systematic oversight in the original edition and absolutely nothing else.

It is, in short, a brilliant literary work of art.


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