…voyeurs of Christianity

In books, Chrisitianity, magazines on May 5, 2008 at 8:24 pm


The Slate review of the book, “Rapture Ready!” by Daniel Radosh is an interesting critique. It still fascinates me about the many misconceptions that non-Christians have about Christians, and Radosh’s book is another example of that voyeuristic glare. “The Year of Living Biblically” is another recent example, as well as Beaujon’s “Body Piercing Saved My Life.” All of these reinforce and subvert the stereotypes of Christianity. Though I haven’t read Radosh’s book, what the review doesn’t seem to get is that not all Christians act this way, though some do. Just like not all people who need clothes buy from the airbrush/stencil store in the mall. But some do.

Some Christians are well-aware of the cheesiness of Christian bookstore, trade shows, and silly rip-off stuff, but some Christians like it, much like how the general culture eventually co-opts underground culture.

That, of course, is not an excuse. I firmly believe that it is okay for general culture to steal from the underground, but Christians should seek originality in their creativity. Like in Exodus 36-40, all of the craftsman and artists and comedians should seek a grander effort in creating art that worships.

I guess the positive of all of this is that people are interested in Christianity, even if it is to make fun of it. Perhaps something will seek through. And believe it or not, maybe a Prayer of Jabez doylie or a cheap knock-off rock song is actually encouraging to somebody.

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