How to hide Jesus

img_0414How to hide Jesus

There are people after Jesus.
They have seen the signs.
Quick, let’s hide Him.
Let’s think; carpenter,
fishermen’s friend,
disturber of religious comfort.
Let’s award Him a degree in theology,
a purple cassock
and a position of respect.
They’ll never think of looking here.
Let’s think;
His dialect may betray Him,
His tongue is of the masses.
Let’s teach Him Latin
and seventeenth century English,
they’ll never think of listening in.
Let’s think;
humble,
Man of Sorrows,
nowhere to lay His head.
We’ll build a house for Him,
somewhere away from the poor.
We’ll fill it with brass and silence.
It’s sure to throw them off.
There are people after Jesus.
Quick, let’s hide Him.

– Steve Turner

Not Quite Christian Art: FSM and Raptor Jesus

 

flying-spaghetti-monster-jesusThis image combines two popular Atheist memes which are aimed at Christians in general and six day creationists in particular: the Flying Spaghetti Monster, their counter to the idea of a Creator God, and Raptor Jesus, an in your face reference to evolution, extinction and aggressive proselytizing.

I take such parodying as an expression of anger, pain and distain delivered with rather broad brush strokes.

But here is a question: have you ever observed that Atheist art is so much more emotionally engaging when it is being anti-Christian than when it is being pro-Atheist? Their path is rather dry when it shifts away from protest. I doubt Atheism would get nearly so much media attention if Christians and Muslims around the world behaved more respectfully towards one another … and others … especially scientists.

I doubt that would stop Atheists protesting about Christianity. But if they must protest, let us make sure Atheists are protesting about the right things – the foolishness of the gospel – and not the wrong things – the foolishness of pseudo-science and moral hypocricy – by actually keeping the main thing, the main thing in our conversations. I would count it a success if I saw Atheists actually mocking the gospel for a change.

Pastafarianism?

Here’s a few links worth reading on Pastafarianism, a new parody religion that is laying down the gauntlet for multiple theories of intelligent design to be taught in science classes around America.

Open letter to Kansas school board

Wikipedia – Flying Spaghetti Monster

The premise is that “Flying Spaghetti Monster” cult devotees deserve an equal hearing on their creation science ideas.

I noted the following comment on the Wikipedia site with interest:

A rival faction, based on SPAM (Spaghetti & Pulsar Activating Meatballs), has formed and is calling for a Holy War against FSM … The SPAM website is a subsection of Yoism, which calls itself “the world’s first open source religion,” [2] and also claims to be the first serious religion with a sense of humor, obviously having never heard of the history of the Church of the SubGenius or Discordianism.

Now, I must say thanks to Tall Skinny Kiwi for bringing the phenomena to th attention of EC bloggers, but, but, but, I note once again that EC bloggers picking up on this are failing to do any serious exegesis. They are commenting without really asking what is this in front of their faces.

Are any aware, for instance, that Discordianism is a form of Neo-Paganism that, humour aside, involves serious magick. Yes, the Principa Discordia is seriously wacked at first glance, but I can personally vouch that Discordians I’ve met in my journeys are as hard core as any other Neo-Pagans or Esotericists. As an aside, it was interesting to read Margot Alder’s “Drawing Down The Moon” recently and find out just how many pagan groups started out as joke religions.

So the issue at hand: how is that EC bloggers, who claim to be so much more attuned to new spirituality currents than their modernist counterparts, are not reflecting on this missiologically? What does Pastafarianism say about our culture? Why attack creationism in this way, through myth making, rather than a more analytic way? Yes, we like to laugh at the fundy Christians too at times, but do get so caught up in post-modern culture that we’re unable to analyse it? Have a laugh by all means, but seriously, if you wish to call yourself a missionary in the seas of post-modernity, do your exegesis.