As part of its Lenten art show and film series "The Silence of God,"
the Downtown Presbyterian Church offers a rare Nashville screening of a movie that was shut out of local theaters 18 years ago. The movie is Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ
, one of the most misunderstood and willfully misinterpreted films of my lifetime. If you've avoided seeing it because you always heard it's a blasphemous travesty, don't believe the hype: it's a deeply moving consideration of the humanity of Christ as well as the divinity, and reconciles them in a way this lapsed Baptist had never considered before.
It's at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Downtown Presbyterian Church at 5th and Church, free and open to the public, with a free meal preceding the film at 5:30 p.m.