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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Shane Claiborne bugs me!


Shane Claiborne's new book "Jesus for President" bugs me. First of all, it's printed in that funky way where text is all over the page, taped and sewn, with different font types. If you read my blog on the film "Helvetica" you know that this form of printing is distinctly post-modern and hard for a traditional book-lover to read. Bt that's not what really bugs me. What bugs me are some of the things he says:
"The church has fallen in love with the sate and that this love affair is killing the church's imagination." p. 17
"Mixing the church and state is like mixing ice cream with cow manure. It may not do much the the manure, but it sure messes up the ice cream." Tony Campolo p. 20
"evil can be opposed without being mirrored...oppressors can be resisted without being emulated...enemies can be neutralized without being destroyed." Walter Wink p. 94
"Jesus is ready to set us free from the heavy yoke of an oppressive way of life. Plenty of wealthy Christians are suffocating from the weight of the American dream." p.113
"The history of the church has been largely a history of 'believers' refusing to believe in the way of the crucified Nazarene and instead giving in to the very temptations he resisted- power, relevancy spectacle." p. 167
What bugs me about Clairbone is his breezy way of writing Bible and Church history and then zinging in truths I was really not expecting nor wanting to read. Just who is this guy? I'm 1/2 way through book, both provoked and compelled.

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