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.

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."
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.

You know how I feel about Tyler Durden and progressive theology (whoo), but, oh mama, this is a whole 'nother ballgame. I could write a dissertation or twelve. Read it.

A Very Muscular Brand of Christianity (Guardian)


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