"Riley's illuminating study of public disputes and private agendas surrounding the release of the film The Last Temptation of Christ merits serious consideration today as secular and religious world views clash in postmodern society. Riley persuasively argues that victimage is alive and well in North America, and that disputes over media depictions of religion can shake the foundations of liberal democracy as they nurture distrust, misunderstanding, and even unfair criticism. Thanks to Riley for helping us to see the larger issues at stake in seemingly parochial culture wars about religion and the media."-Quentin J. Schultze Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences, Calvin College
Fresh insights reopen the debate surrounding Scorsese's 1988 film, the surrounding controversy, and its volatile reception.