Thursday, August 14, 2008

Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture

I came across this fascinating article, which I will simply pass on to you:

Before many Christians are ready for the rapture, they apparently have a lot of baggage to unpack. Lucky for them, Daniel Radosh has taken it upon himself to shake out all their dirty laundry.

In his recently published book, Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture, Radosh bravely ventures into Christian music festivals, Holy Land theme park, Christian comedy clubs, and even Christian pro-wrestling matches to dig out the hairy secrets buried in the kitschy recesses of pop evangelicalism. And he lives to tell about it. And tell about it he does, spilling the embarrassing facts of this $7 billion industry.

But why? In an interview with Christianity Today, Radosh, a humanistic Jew, explains: “Honestly, I did it because a lot of it is quite funny.” But Radosh, who is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and a contributing editor at The Week magazine, was not on a mission to mock or shock. He goes on to explain: “We think about pop culture as something ephemeral and superficial, and I wanted to try to understand how that could be combined with something like faith, which is eternal and deep.”

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For another take on "humanistic Jews/non-Christians" trying to make sense of biblical faith, check out A.J. Jacobs' (he of Esquire magazine) "Year of Living Biblically." In the 1st 9 mos. he tries to keep all of the OT laws, and in the other 3 mos. he tries to keep all of the NT "laws." As with most well-meaning folk, he confuses law and gospel, and so do the liberal Christian friends he enlists to advise him. But it was a parting gift from a friend at the paper who wanted me to have something to read when I as newly laid off, and so I read it. It has its humorous moments, and it has its frustrating moments for Christians who try to live by grace through faith. It's a breezy, read, too. He had a very longsuffering wife who didn't like not being touched and having to sit on the other side of the room whenever she had her period.