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"One peculiarity of the present age is that, in some cases, our powers of application are so compromised that we're incapable of recognizing as morally edifying anything that doesn't advertise itself as such. The most glaring example of this confusion is found in the million-dollar industry of marketing under the title of "Christian." Given our current cultural climate, the media consumer does well to be wary of any product that has featured, foremost among its selling points, it's so-called Christianness. Buyers with a taste for propaganda (and who soon find themselves strangely disinterested in anything that isn't) will find, in that which most loudly advertises itself as Christian, much in the way of crude moralism and plenty in the way of slogans and cliches that encourage blissful disregard of the soon-to-be-destroyed world around them. Often promoting an unincarnate faith, this phenomenon has more in common [with Gnosticism] than what can be understood as orthodox belief. I'm personally convinced that such market-driven theology will be viewed, historically, with at least as much embarrassment as, say, the medieval sale of indulgences."

- David Dark, Everyday Apocalypse [subtitle: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons and Other Pop Culture Icons]

a bit later, on a lighter note:

"Revelation ("the Apocalypse") is a document that believers throughout history have claimed and tolerated as a part of their tradition (like some deranged relative), but which many would prefer not to think about. Mostly unread, it's as if we assume it to be the obscure clause by which God reserves the right to go crazy on us."

future chapters and subheadings:

- You Think You Been Redeemed: Flannery O'Connor's Exploding Junk Pile of Despair
- Impossible Laughter: An Appreciative Response to "The Simpsons"
- Bearing Witness: The Tired Gladness of Radiohead
- Living in Fiction: "The Matrix", "The Truman Show", and How to Free Your Mind
- Boogie Nights of the Living Dead: The Moral Vision of Beck
- Daylight Is a Dream If You've Lived with Your Eyes Closed: The Cinematic Epiphanies of Joel and Ethan Coen

methinks this should be interesting.

Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 06:16PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments5 Comments

Reader Comments (5)

"Mostly unread, it's as if we assume it to be the obscure clause by which God reserves the right to go crazy on us."

So Revelation is what divine insanity looks like?

After reading this post, all I can say is "Testamints". Have fresh breath while memorizing your favorite verse from Paul's letter to the Corinthians. They would have used "Testamints" too!

Jan 29, 2005 at 08:09PM | Unregistered Commenterayn
ah yes! and their only sustenance consisted of Bible Bars.

which, i guess, would explain the necessity of the Testamints...
Jan 29, 2005 at 11:19PM | Registered Commentermdog
Never had a bible bar before...but Revelation isn't as weird as some would make it seem. But that is an entire blog...and message series itself.
Jan 31, 2005 at 05:20PM | Unregistered Commenterpaul
more from the book: "[G. B.] Caird describes John's vision as 'a future which interpenetrates and informs the present'"

nice. i like that.
Feb 2, 2005 at 08:36PM | Registered Commentermdog
Hey wait! Testamints?? You stole my - oh wait. You mentioned Testamints first. *kicks at dirt*
Feb 3, 2005 at 07:08PM | Unregistered Commenterhappyhearn

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