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May 31, 2006

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Great post, Glenn. I especially relish the phrase "if you miss this incredible opportunity you suckle at the breast of loser Christianity." Why? because the ironic tone reminds that Christianity isn't about winners and losers, but about nothing being essential but Him (as you mention later in the post).

Memories from when I was a non-Christian remind me forcefully that what attracts people to Christianity is the difference, not the likeness, to "the world" (whatever that turns out to mean at the moment--). It's an arresting difference. I keep trying to figure out best ways to be in the world and not of it; that's a constant question for us all, I suppose.

Vicky

Thanks, Vicky. I agree that the question of "in the world but not of it" is an eternal tension with which we will always wrestle. At least I don't have it figured out, and none of my friends do. But it's usually stimulating to talk the question/tension out, week after week, in community.

As for the "loser Christianity" phrase, years ago the guy the Lord used to bring me to faith in college, Ross, played a song by an old duo that had the line, "...all of the losers win." Ross, the alpha males of all alpha males that I know, wanted to talk this concept out with me-- that we're ALL losers, we ALL need Jesus. This was a LONG time ago but it made an indelible impression on this new Christian.

And because of Jesus, all of us losers are no longer losers at the foot of the Cross. There is only one Gospel- for losers- and in the Kingdom that that Good News heralds, there is no loser Christianity.

The Qur'an and The Code

Dan Brown, quite unwittingly I'm sure, has done us a great service - he has made known to the general population the existence of certain 'stories' about Jesus.

The Qur'an's portrayal of the 'Virgin Mary' and Brown's Da Vinci Code share a common genesis and will eventually meet up at the same destination.

How can this be? Well...a couple of millenia or so, ago, a thirst to know more about Jesus than the gospels revealed gave rise to the concoction of various 'fables'.

These 'fables' were tailored specifically to resonate with certain audiences and to meet perceived needs and prevailing 'expectations'.
Naturally therefore, they were riddled with historical and other errors.

The Da Vinci Code and part of the Qur'an's 'Virgin Mary' story borrowed material from this 'fabled' library and, living up to time-honoured tradition,
tailored their own 'fables' to resonate with certain audiences and to meet perceived needs and prevailing 'expectations'.
Naturally therefore, they also are riddled with historical and other errors.

Being only a 'lending' library, however, these 'fables' based on 'fables' will eventually be called in by their rightful owner - the great 'fable' library of history.

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