Politics And Religion In Monty Python's Life Of Brian

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The film “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” follows the life of Jesus’s Jewish contemporary, Brian, and his unwilling rise to messiahship. Some claim that “Life of Brian” ridicules faith in Jesus Christ, mocks His suffering, and offends people of Jewish faith. However, the film does not aim to insult its Christian or Jewish viewers; it is a satirical commentary on how people follow politics and organized religion. Some, such as Rev. William Solomon, argue that “Life of Brian” ridicules “faith in Jesus Christ” (Rawls). These claims are invalid; the filmmakers are respectful towards Christ’s teachings. When Jesus gives his Sermon on the Mount, the atmosphere of the film is reverential and serious. The characters’ interpretation and responses to the scene make it amusing. For example, a man says “I think it was …show more content…
There are many seemingly indistinguishable factions —the People’s Front of Judea, the Judean People’s Front, the Popular Front of Judea, the Judean Popular People’s Front, and the Campaign for a Free Galilee— all of which disagree on some minor details. This disagreement also manifests in debates within the PFJ. Multiple times, the group plans to take action but they spend so much time debating (about not wasting time debating) that they achieve nothing. These scenes intentionally mock long-winded political processes, aimless arguments, and consequent inaction within politics and bureaucracy. At face value, “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” may seem blasphemous and offensive to various religions and groups of people. Claims of criticism of religion, such as those from Rev. Solomon, are invalid, and any offensive language present in the film is used as irony. The film’s value is its subtle comedic satire on modern-day issues: hypocrisy, blind acceptance of religious doctrines, conflict within organized religions, political factions, and ineffective

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