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Thursday, January 13, 2005

If We Can't Laugh at Ourselves...

Satire is a beautiful thing. My high school AP English teacher, Dr. Lynn Murchison, once said that in order to do satire well, one must absolutely know its subject. In other words, one cannot produce a satire of local politics without knowing all there is to know about what is going on with his or her local politics. In the same vein, the folks and Lark News and The Holy Observer, have produced great satire about the church. I certainly applaud them and laugh along with them. We all know the church is not perfect, so why not recognize its shortcomings, write pointed pieces of satire, laugh and move on. I love that the humor is coming from deeply-committed Christians who love the church but see no problem in acknowledging that many churches and certainly the "Christian subculture" have some issues that deserve our critique and consideration. The folks at The Holy Observer state their position on the whole thing here.

Here are some of my favorite articles from The Holy Observer:
Desperate Housewives sermon reference causes stir
Millions of evangelicals return to political inaction
Christian accidentally pledges to public radio
Christian hip-hop artist's lyrics too theologically complex for rap fans

And from Lark News:
Edgy church breaks old rules, insists on new ones
Unusual-looking man in choir sparks concern
Youth group recruits 'superstar' kids
Teen insists Switchfoot just as cool as Radiohead
College students stops kissing dating goodbye
Pastor apologizes for unintentional acrostic


  • At 1:41 PM, Blogger travstar said…

    Satire is a beautiful thing, and both the Lark News and The Holy Observer do it quite well. However, what's funnier are sites and such that don't need satire to be funny!--travstar's graphics are killer

  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger Alex & Laura Beth said…

    Yes, Carried Cross, along with a few other fundie sites, were going to be my topic for tomorrow. Perhaps, I'll still write on them, even though you stole my thunder!

  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger travstar said…

    The best bet would be to write about the other ones besides carriedcross. Read Steven's entry from the other day.--travstar is the new black


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