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The Mission - from Religious and Theological Perspective
Religion and Theology
Pages 8 (2008 words)
The Mission – from Religious and Theological Perspective The Mission, a British film released in 1986, revolves around the spiritual and tragic experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th century South America. In the film, Jesuit priest Father Gabriel travels to South America to set up a Mission there and to ‘Christianize’ the indigenous South American population…
Directed by Roland Joffe and written by Robert Bolt, the film won the Academy Award for Best cinematography. From the plot summary, it is obvious that film mainly focuses on the religion of Christianity. Throughout the film, various facets of Christianity are explored and that includes the role played by that religion during the colonization of territories by the European or Western colonial powers in early centuries, particularly the role played by the Christian missionaries in the ‘evolution’ of the native population. The film also focuses on the core Christian beliefs and teachings, and delves into how different sections of population interpret those beliefs and teachings. “If you are looking for a fascinating portrayal of historical Christian faith and missions during the centuries past, “The Mission” is it (though not a “Christian” production itself).” (Paul, n. d) In the film, the religion of Christianity plays a vital component. That is, The Mission features the series of struggles faced by Father Gabriel in his journey to preach Christianity to the indigenous people, gain their trust and evangelize them. During that journey, the concept of Christianity is clearly highlighted. ...
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