Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The angel Gabriel is viewed positively in three world religions -- why not Hollywood?

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Persian Angel Gabriel. Available at Fine Art America
In the recently published essay "Gabriel, Abortion, and Anti-Annunciation in The Prophecy, Constantine, and Legion," Jeffrey M. Tripp explores Hollywoods portrayal of the angel Gabriel. Viewed positively in three world religions, including Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, he is portrayed as a villain in Hollywood films.  Over just a decade and a half, those include: The Prophecy (1995), Constantine (2005), and Legion (2010). All three films, according to the abstract, "feature a Gabriel who attacks rather than protects women “impregnated” by a being of apocalyptic importance. The three movies can be shown to reflect various dimensions (and sides) of the contemporary American abortion debate, each casting Gabriel polemically in the image of misguided Christians (as they see it)." [link]

"Gabriel, Abortion, and Anti-Annunciation in The Prophecy, Constantine, and Legion" by Jeffrey M. Tripp; Journal of Religion and Popular Culture , Volume 27, Number 1, Spring 2015, pp. 57-70