Raw, adjective: 5. crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste: raw humor.
Oooh, this is dishy.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
Thanks to Adam for the heads-up on this tongue-in-cheek piece from the Guardian explaining how Jesus — yes, the Lamb of God, that one — has "undergone a macho makeover." Check it:
When you hear the name Jesus, is the first image that comes to mind a dewy-eyed pretty boy with flowing locks? If so, think again. After 2,000 years, the Messiah is getting a makeover.A Chuck Norris in sandals? "Built like a brick shithouse?" This reminds me deliciously of last year's Christian Fight Club phenomenon marrying Tyler Durden-style masculinity with fundamentalist theology.
This time he's less "gentle Jesus, meek and mild" and more of a kick-ass action hero – a Chuck Norris in sandals.
No more sissy Kumbaya stuff. In this testosterone-fuelled theology, the Saviour finally has the rippling biceps he would have developed as a carpenter from a working-class home in Nazareth.
The macho Jesus movement has been bolstered by books like No More Mr Christian Nice Guy and The Church Impotent – the Feminisation of Christianity. But it's artist Stephen Sawyer, whose paintings of the Son of God as a tattooed biker and boxer have captured the imagination of Christian men searching for a more manly role model.
As Kentucky-based Sawyer, 58, points out: "I scarcely think Jesus could have overturned the tables of the money-lenders and driven them from the temple if he was a wimp. The model I use for my paintings is a surfer guy who's built like a brick shithouse."