This afternoon, Salon reported that Mel Gibson is making a sequel to “The Passion of the Christ,” complete with the “original Jesus”:
“The Passion of the Christ” sequel on the way from Mel Gibson with original Jesus https://t.co/AXaBPDXfmk
— Salon (@Salon) January 30, 2018
But that weird bit of wording isn’t what stuck out most to Atlantic contributor and faith and culture writer Jonathan Merritt:
In Gibson’s sequel, Jesus travels to hell before the resurrection (not joking) https://t.co/EYnUhLqaxZ
— Jonathan Merritt (@JonathanMerritt) January 30, 2018
It’s a shame he wasn’t joking. Because that’s just bad.
You might not be joking, but you should be. The snark in your tweet demonstrates your ignorance about Christian orthodoxy, which makes your tweet the joke. But please, do go on.
— Brian (@bhg70) January 30, 2018
Oh, boy. What’s your job again?
— Gerry Mander ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@fastnerman) January 30, 2018
Faith and culture writer.
You had one job!
— Bryan Coughlin (@BPCoughlin) January 30, 2018
Literally. That’s his one job.
So you report on religion, do you?
— Lunar Lad (@L00nOnTheM00n) January 30, 2018
You’re a religion reporter?
— Kirsten (@KikiHavens) January 30, 2018
To be fair, you can’t really expect a guy who makes a living writing about religion to make sure he knows what he’s talking about.
You cover faith at your magazine and you don't know this?
— Garbage Pale Kid (@LrdGftdPanther) January 30, 2018
How embarrassing for you.
— Mike Seder, ad nauseam (@mpaulseder) January 30, 2018
(of note: this guy is the Atlantic's "faith reporter" and he thinks the idea that Jesus descended into hell before the Resurrection is some wacky Mel Gibson invention.)
— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) January 30, 2018
Omg you mean he’s making a religious movie that stays true to the tenets of his religion????!!!!
— Josh (@JoshPSU97) January 30, 2018
Are you sitting down? I'm not joking, this is wild!
Mel Gibson's movie about the resurrection of Jesus will adhere to Christian orthodoxy. pic.twitter.com/clTkz948Ez
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) January 30, 2018
Well that's kind of part of the story.
— JJ (@jjbarnhart) January 30, 2018
Do you Christianity, bro? https://t.co/zY4UndbdzH
— Schadenfreudelish (@aggierican) January 30, 2018
That's pretty standard Catholicism
— Jason Hornbuckle (@JasonHornbuckle) January 30, 2018
The “harrowing of Hell”?
— Tim Stanley (@timothy_stanley) January 30, 2018
Familiar with The Apostle's Creed?
— Rob Johnson (@1949labs_rob) January 30, 2018
"Religion reporter" unfamiliar with the apostle's creed lol
— Jeff Billman (@jronaldbillman) January 30, 2018
Check the Apostle's Creed out sometime, buddy. https://t.co/0FQng3ZBIM
— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) January 30, 2018
With regularity, millions of Christians utter the words "was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead." https://t.co/sO7qCObNAM
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) January 30, 2018
Neither is the Bible.
"Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison"
— Ben Anderson (@AndStrats) January 30, 2018
Crazy, right!!?!?!? Next thing you'll tell me he ascends into Heaven too!
— David Mueller (@davidwmueller) January 30, 2018
How do I know more about Christianity than people who are supposed to be reporting on faith?
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) January 30, 2018
Know religion much?
— Barry Duren (@duncansooner) January 30, 2018
Maybe don't tweet about religion anymore
— Levi (@leviphillip) January 30, 2018
That’s maybe not a bad idea.
Bio lists you as a "Faith" reporter at the Atlantic.
IOW, quit your job. Close your Twitter account. Go read a couple of books.
— Fauxmaha (@J3ffMiller) January 30, 2018
The Bible would be a good one to start with.
You don't know how to do your job. Open a book….maybe a book called the Bible.
— AshSolesFromTheFire (@ashsoles) January 30, 2018
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with an additional tweet.