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Don't know if you caught this profile in the NYT Magazine on Sunday, but you might as well take a few minutes to read it in case you're feeling in the mood for punching a wall.
This "New Calvinist" preacher dude out of Seattle, one Mark Driscoll, is apparently doing his best to take up the backwards Christian mantle from where the Promise Keepers left it in the late 1990's. Erghh. The article is so rife with theological landmines, I can't even get started - not to mention the huge can of worms that is the uber-confused attempt to redefine masculinity inherent in Driscoll's theological undertakings.
I'd parse the piece line by line if I could, were I not staring down a deadline right now and wishing more than anything else that I could go for a run in the sun instead of banging out boring shit about eschatology and postmodernity, but that's not gonna happen this morning, so please just read the article and take several deep breaths as you load each new page and try to make some sense out of the convoluted combination of reactionary hetero fear and pseudo-progressive theology going on here. Sigh. In some ways I feel like this dude's a step forward from the infuriating evangelicals of Joel Osteen and Co. (he talks about masturbation!), and in other ways, I think, oh sweet jesus, there are masses of people in Seattle LISTENING to this shit? And acting on it? With tattoos?
Read it and weep.
Who Would Jesus Smack Down? (NYT Mag)