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Local church screens the Terminator movies on Good Friday as part of its Easter service

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  • He'll be back The In addition to being one of the greatest Sci-Fi movie franchises of all times, the Terminator trilogy contains a number of biblical themes a local priest argues. Photo/Detail from Terminator (1984) movie poster

A local priest has decided to spice up the traditional Easter services at his church on Good Friday by offering a marathon screening of the Sci-Fi movies Terminator. While other churches will be offering mass and the traditional reading of the Passion Hymns, a 16th century Icelandic poetic text exploring the Passion of Christ, Laugarneskirkja in Reykjavík will offer its worshippers a more modern story of death, resurrection and salvation.

At 15:00 on the afternoon of Good Friday Davíð Þór Jónsson, the pastor of the Laugarnessöfnuður congregation, one of the largest Reykjavík congregations of the National Evangelical Lutheran Church, will screen the three Schwarzenegger movies Terminator (1984), Terminator: Judgement Day (1991) and Terminator: Salvation (2009). 

The third and fifth Terminator movies will not be included in the screening for obvious reasons: Any fan could tell you that the Terminator saga would have been much better as a trilogy of the first, second and fourth movies.

John Connor as Jesus Christ?
Davíð Þór, who became an ordained minister after a successful career as a very controversial stand-up comedian, told the local newspaper Morgunblaðið that the Terminator movies have a number of religious, Christian and Biblical themes. One of the main character sacrifices himself to save humanity, he points out, while the main hero of the story; John Connor, is the son of a father who comes from beyond this world and his initials are J.C. 

Each movie will be preceded with a short talk or sermon by the pastor, where he will explore the Biblical and religious messages of the film, and what it tells us about death, resurrection and salvation, and what it means to lead a Christian life.

"Isn't it ok to be different?" he asks, adding that while some might find the whole idea inappropriate the fact is that there are plenty of churches offering traditional Easter services. "I think it is unreasonable to offer the exact same services at all of the churches."


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