The Los Angeles Times comes around months later to determine that all the predictions of a new Holocaust spurred by The Passion of The Christ were unfounded lunacy. But the article also concludes that predictions of mass conversions because of the film were also unfounded.
I hate to say it, but a lot of people in St. Blog’s were among those predicting that second point. The reality is that, in the end, it’s just a movie. That’s not to say that it can’t have a strong effect on people, especially those who already believe, or that it didn’t cause some conversions, such as the well-publicized confessions by criminals and the like that we saw in the media. But the reality is that a movie doesn’t have the power to transform that personal witness does. There are many people who could see the film, and who did, and came away with nothing more than either nausea at the violence or a yawn at what a big deal had been made about it.