The Devil's Passion
Published by Methuen
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Satan is the narrator of Justin Butcher's one-man "Divine Comedy in One-Act" ...
Satan's looking out for our best interests and is on a mission to harness the ways of the dangerous extremist preacher Jesus
Jesus' radical teachings and popularity have the potential to wreak havoc in the Middle East
Exactly the sort of man the government warns us of, again and again
This clever and evocative passion play from the devil's perspective considers Jesus' relevance to contemporary issues, and retells the story of Christ's life from the perspective of the enemy
"Justin Butcher's The Devil's Passion is a welcome antidote to the dull and done to death, a light sandblasting for jaded souls
It's also a timely piece, casting Jesus in the role of extremist preacher, whose dangerous ideas have the potential to cause untold instability in the Middle East and here at home
And while a passion play from the Devil's perspective may naturally evoke a gleefully heretical flavour, Butcher's beautifully-written piece is as reverent as such a post-Screwtape exercise can be while still entertaining ...
Perhaps the most poignant moment is when Butcher has Satan tempt Jesus on the cross to give it up and pack it in by showing him how generations of Christians will sanitise his sacrifice, allowing gold and silversmiths to smooth his suffering into decorative mannequins for church walls and necklaces" ~ Huffington Post