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July 17, 2009



Since the crucial moment in Jesus's conversation with the woman at the well was his inexplicable knowledge of her marital history, Raley seems to be recommending cyberstalking with the help of firms like Accurint. What could possibly go wrong?

With luck, this will move the isolationist segment out of 1950s-era stereotypes of nonbelievers and into 1980s stereotypes.


This is very much a tangent, but your discussion of friendship vs. proselytizing got me thinking about how wickedly cynical proselytizing is. Every summer growing up, I saw the "cool kids" in my youth group "reach out" to much less cool kids at a series of camps and backyard barbecues. Every summer there were a few kids who really drank the kool-aid, not because the content of the message was so appealing, but because the idea of belonging to this group and being close to these people was. I won't go into what happened to those "relationships" come summer's end, but it was always painful for me to watch. Despite that, it still took me years to realize why summer "faith commitments" (including my own, which I assure you were quite sincere) never seemed to outlast the first Friday night party once school started again.



i grew up pentecostal. there were no cool kids in those churches in the 60's and 70's.



I'm interested to know more about the criticisms of church as culture by Newbigin. What would be a good book to start with?


Foolishness to the Greeks, or Gospel in a Pluralist Society.


what a great blog. i think you can consider me a regular.


This book sounds like an SNL skit waiting to happen.


Leighton, so funny. Cyber-stalking, definitely.

I'm hardly a student of history, but it seemed apparent to me in the little that I have studied that this "diversity culture" is not anywhere close to a new societal phenomenon. In ancient societies, the people in the coastal cities (who were more likely to interact with those of different ethnicity, religion, etc) were always looked at as more permissive, tolerant, etc. Most if not all of the early Christian "heresies" that dealt with ideas that "all religions go to the same God" came from coastal, trade-heavy places. I keep wondering when someone writing these types of books will stop treating the phenomenon like it has never been seen before. Religious types have been dealing with it for a long, long time.


April, you are correct about the ancients. However, no one is going to stop writing books about this until Christians stop buying them. I don't foresee that happening.

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