I’m not hugely religious, as you might have gathered, but I do consider myself a Christian. My vague conception of the faith mostly comes not from reading the Bible but from reading reviews of books about the Bible. My idea of Jesus is built entirely upon the movie Jesus Christ Superstar. I realize the the Biblical Christ was a bit more complex a figure than the film portrayal, and the historical Christ probably had considerably less shiny teeth than Ted Neeley does. In those times a man in his thirties probably had no teeth at all, right? Not to mention there was no way He would have been a blue-eyed Caucasian. No matter. I saw the film at an impressionable early age, and as far as I’m concerned Jesus is a hot hippie who sings a lot. I was debating earlier whether making a musical entertainment out of Christ’s pretty grim last days might be blasphemous. Now I’ve decided it’s not, or no more than making the celebration of His birth into an orgy of consumerism or the Resurrection being little more than an excuse for children to eat candy. I would say Jesus Christ Superstar is the best way to teach you kids about who Jesus was, especially if you’re deathly allergic to the insipid aesthetics Precious Moments-type learning material, and you like good music and maybe a tiny dash of blasphemy.