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             The power of a mutual cause when embraced by many and suckled by the pagan has often evolved into conspiracy when upheld vehemently. A uniting cause as strong and ominous as monetary gain will lead a man to murder ironically counter to the principles for which he daily stands. The Bible says that the root of all evil is money and this thesis is further exemplified when religion, power, and finances meld in this particular film, to form a partnership-like dependency upon one another. .
             "Stigmata" is a story heavily laden with objective symbolism in regard to religion both positive and negative. "Stigmata's" major theme is the pains suffered by Christ at crucifixion as his demise created the absolution of all believers" and nonbelievers" worldly sins. Authors Tim Lazarus and Rick Ramage examine the multiple intertwining themes created by this historical event such as when secular monetary influences penetrate the holy shroud of persuasion created by organized religion. In doing so, they depict in "Stigmata" a few less obvious themes that must be addressed. These include 1) the prospect that God's work can be carried out in the form of a scope of vessels; 2) the suggestion of the affects on organized religion of gnostic knowledge made public and the idea of the ignorance of the masses; 3) the possibility that the churches" translation and interpretation of the Bible and other important religious documents may have been manipulated to suit their personal aspirations. .
             On the surface anyone can see the film's obvious value as a documentation of the real life phenomenon of stigmata whereby devout followers of Christ throughout history have suffered vicarious physical injuries identical or similar to that of Christ upon crucifixion. For a skeptic even, as displayed here, the stigmata may be appreciated for what they are if viewers were before ignorant of its profound existence in the first place.

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