Skip to comments.A Journey to the Dark Heart of Christian Extremism: Review of "Being Christian" (Cue spooky music)
Posted on 11/12/2013 9:57:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Conservatives like to extol so-called small-town virtues, of the sort immortalized in song by John Cougar Mellencamp. Small towns are supposedly the home of real Americans and bastions of virtue. Small towns, we are told, are the home of God-fearing family values Christians.
Mellencamp sang about being taught to feel Jesus in a small town but there is feeling and then there is feeling. Televangelists use Jesus like a weapon to not only fire up their congregations but to be armed and fired at their foes. Liberals do not always understand, because they have not seen it for themselves, the fire that consumes megachurch congregations and therefore fuels the Religious Rights culture war.
This brings us to K.C. Boyds Being Christian A Novel and its central character, John Christian Hillcox, otherwise known as Pastor C or just plain JC, a mail order Baptist minister who represents everything we have come to hate about the self-righteous hypocrisy of the Religious Right.
Being Christian is a character study, a tale of biblical sin straight out of South Texas. It is at once a morality tale and a tale of immorality. Inspired by the authors real-life experiences, it is a journey to the dark heart of Christian extremism....
(Excerpt) Read more at politicususa.com ...
If you think the article is bad, read the comments.
Inability to tell fiction from reality is a sign of a serious problem. Perhaps this twit of a ‘writer’ should seek help.
liberals hate Christians because they can’t stand Jesus usurping their god, government - ie them.
Let me see if I have it straight. Write a novel about how bad Christians are then a self important fool uses it as proof of how bad Christians are.
Did I get it straight?
The review and the book reviewed are ludicrous.
The author doesn’t even know the lyric to the song he quotes: taught to feel Jesus in a small town.
It’s taught to fear, not feel.
>> it is a journey to the dark heart of Christian extremism....
It’s also fiction.
That these novels are out there doesn’t bother me half as much as the fact that anyone who writes a novel from a Christian perspective is automatically consigned to the “Christian” section of books and therefore isolated. A few-—conversions such as Ann Rice, or classics such as Lewis or Tolkien escape-—but in some ways having a “Christian” section for books is one of theorist things for spreading the gospel.
<I once read a Christian music writer who lamented having the “Best Christian” category at the Grammys and separate Dove awards as segregating Christian music or taking it less seriously. I don’t have a problem with the Doves, but I see the point that Christian music and literature must be good enough to compete with the “mainstream” stuff-—and it can, as Tolkien and Michael W. Smith have done.
A very rambling incoherent article. What do “televangelists” and “megachurches” have to do with small town Christians? I guess haters gotta hate, whether they make sense or not.
The comments are ludicrous; they even start sniping at each other for not being sufficiently progressive & anti-Christian.
BTW, I didn’t know I was a “Dominionist”. Guess the sequel will depict Dominionists sitting in the pews with their pistols & shotguns while the preacher rants & waves an AR-15.
And why are lefties so hung up on “Islamophobia”?
All in all, it felt like Id earned a PhD in Christian Extremism and it was terrifying.
No, more of an unholy alliance against a common enemy - traditional Christianity.
Their common Enemy, if you boil it down, is Christ Himself.
Money quote of the day!
The pagans sure do like to use works of fiction to put across their agenda. I take it regeneration escapes them.
It is embellished fiction at it too. If there is such a thing, yet they created it:) It was hard to get through half the article. It rises just below high school journalism.
The comments section is a hoot. I saw terms I never knew existed. What is a “Fundamentalist/Dominionist?”
Made-up crap used to justify putting Christians in concentration camps.
I have to say the only other time I heard of “Dominionist” was when Bachman was running in 2012. Apparently, the Left (PAGANs-People Against God And Normalcy) made up the term based on Bachman mentioning having a Christian “world-view.” Apparently we cannot have a world-view based on our faith, that to them is a theocracy and a march to world domination. Pure fantasy created by the PAGANs.
The only other time I have heard of “The Dominion” was in Star Trek Deep Space Nine and they were shape shifter aliens...very much like the PAGANs are:)
Ping to comment later.
There was an evolutionist on FR at one time who was tinfoil hat paranoid about creationists because he thought they were all dominionists and were trying to establish a theocracy in the UN and impose it on the public education system, allowing the teaching of creation which would throw us all back into the Dark Ages.
He was invited to leave.
In the US.
There was an evolutionist on FR at one time who was tinfoil hat paranoid about creationists because he thought they were all dominionists and were trying to establish a theocracy in the US and impose it on the public education system, allowing the teaching of creation which would throw us all back into the Dark Ages.
He was invited to leave.
Yea, them `bible thumpers’ is way scary folks!
Terrorists, every one of them, thank god for obama.
You got it!
>> “Its taught to fear, not feel.” <<
A freudian slip, I’m sure.
Indeed. Thank you for the ping!
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