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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, February 10, 2003
    Good questions
     
    So Lennon was right after all. Imagine there's no heaven - or hell. In ITV's The Second Coming the world is saved by the death of God... Thought-provoking stuff with the 'messiah' played with his usual intensity by Christopher Eccleston, and Lesley Sharp playing his lover/killer/redeemer with equal conviction.

    Great opening to the drama as a miracle makes Maine Road the epicentre of the coming armageddon; must feel like that to Kevin Keegan most Saturdays. The film did well in using Manchester and Mancunians as those 'chosen' to be there in those days - how it ought to be, probably - in the ordinary, among ordinary folk.

    I didn't mind seeing the drama putting an end to organised religion, but I wasn't convinced about the theology. But I think writer Russell T Davies left enough unresolved at the end to invite us to keep on questioning the "no God = all good" theory. If it's really all just down to us, can that ever work?