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February 06, 2012

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Trevor

So wait, Ecclesiastes 1:9 is true?

Greg Horton

Only in church circles.

matt mikalatos

I think "Wherefore art thou, Molotov?" is the best thing I've seen on the internet in the last week or so. Nice one.

Leighton

I think the first really unconventional religious book I read (this was many years ago) was Ron Sider's Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. His revolutionary, earth-shattering premise was this: What if the things a book (or collection of books) talks about the most are actually its most important topics?

Granted, this is blindingly obvious to anyone who didn't grow up with a church preaching "literal interpretations" that were anything but. It is pretty subversive of most contemporary ways of being Christian in America, however.

M. Corley

I was fond of "fuck me in the face."

hugh halter

Hey Greg Horton, after reading your colorful review of my book, I thought, 'that dude must have put some time in as a pastor of a church." Only ex. rev's get that pissed off. Looks like I was right. Well, thanks anyway for drawing some attention to the book. Peace out,
hugh

Greg Horton

Hugh, well done. You figured out from my email address or twitter that I'm an expastor. Hopefully, you'll use a little of that insight in your next book. It would benefit from even that little bit of thoughtfulness. In the meantime, keep helping the brown people and patting yourself on the back for it. Lame.

Trevor

Oh the irony of Hugh's response in a thread containing Matt Mikilatos' comments...

It hurts...really

wrnoc1

Guys really, You are all freaking me out man I agree with hugh PEACE OUT !!!

Curtis

Greg I bet you were a very thoughtful and trustworthy pastor, before...what exactly? Spill the beans. Since you are so critical and self-righteous I thought your life's story would be interesting to read up on, but Google couldn't find you except for this connection with "Hugh Halter". The bottom line in this whole faith and character issue of a real Christian or a "good human being" or whatever (the theme of "Sacrilege") can be figured out by answering this question with some brutal honesty: "Would you rather have 50 Hugh's in your neighbourhood and city helping people in need or 50 of the angry guy you see in the mirror every day? Be revolutionary and get a grip on you raging ego and bitterness. Learn the way of self-sacrifice and putting others first, and maybe try to earn back the trust of the poeple in your neighbourhood and be a pastor again. Since this thread seems to be mainly about wild speculation, I'm guessing that maybe you just don't like Jesus and Him calling you (and all of us) to follow His life of integrity, or any book or author wrestling with that theme. So pick a theme you have some perspective on and capacity to engage with. Just a few thoughts for your next book buddy.

Greg Horton

Curtis, damn, you got me. The book was really amazing, but I'm so bitter and wounded I couldn't see it. Really? All critiques are based on the emotional state of the reviewer, not the actual content of the book? How convenient. It's what allows Hugh to show up and call me angry and never process the fact that his book really does blow. See, it's that mean guy, not me! As for your false dichotomy (50 of this or 50 of that), well, it's clear that you're not well versed in that sort of fallacy. What if I wanted 50 people like Brian McLaren or Tony Jones or Tony Campolo or a WWE Diva? It's only Saint Hugh or any bad person I can name? Those are the only choices? Until Christianity stops whining about being criticized, I'll expect more shitty books, music, and movies.

Nancy Ann

I needed to find and read this. Thank you for it. As a Christian... the boring, rule following, cross of Christ relying, traditional, scripture loving type... Hughes book for the "Christian" of the "do the gospel, be the gospel" hype (when it was actually DONE 2,000 years ago) left me wanting to pray for my own early exit from earth. I cannot bear the terminally hip Christian self-worship of *we are so incredibly more superior than all our bros and sis's who embarrass us with their cringeworthy believing in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins talk* Hugh doesn't want to be mistaken for such, since all that is just so, well, totally not hip and ridiculously unattractive. It's a wonder God was capable of saving even a single soul prior to the self-found wisdom of Hugh Halter and his sure fire sovereign recipe for saving folks. Thank you for calling him on his boat load of hipster crap... you made me laugh, which after reading about Hugh, as a result of reading about one of his trendy worshippers, Jen Hatmaker, was something I desperately needed.

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