Friday, June 20, 2008

The Christian Pop Cultures of <i>Rapture Ready</i> | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

This article is another study of Christian culture and marketing by a non-believer.

In Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture, Radosh describes his experiences with the Cornerstone Music Festival, Christian comedians, creationist Ken Ham, Bibleman, Ultimate Christian Wrestling, Jay Bakker, and others.

Actually, he concludes, merging pop culture and Jesus isn't as bad as he expected:

"The best aspects of Christian culture the unabashed celebration of the transcendent, the challenge to crass materialism, the commitment to personal responsibility helped me see more clearly what is too often lacking in secular entertainment and media," Radosh writes. "Jesus' radical message of brotherhood, selflessness, and dignity may be just the antidote to our contemporary ethos of shamelessness and overindulgence.

A couple of years ago, I blogged about the book Body Piercing Saved My Life which was another look from the outside-looking-in at Christian Culture and marketing. Books like these, I think, are healthy to read and do a better job of telling the truth about our counter-culture movement than we ourselves do.

The Christian Pop Cultures of Rapture Ready | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

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