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Tuesday, August 13, 2002

He died to take away your sins, not your taste

This was in a bit of spam I got today...apparently, someone thought I might be enchanted by this "Remarkable, and very limited" collectible from the Bradford Exchange. Yes, it is very, very limited.

This is my favorite part of the description:
Beloved "Footprints in the Sand" poem is scripted in golden letters on a Florentine Crystal*
*Florentine Crystal is a special combination of sparkling clear resins.

The same guy who inspired the grand cathedrals of the world inspired this. I have a weird relationship with Jesus schlock. On the one hand, I find it sort of touching, at least when it's sincere (as opposed to the Jesus BobbleHead, which is just silly and fun) which is why I love my fibre-optic Last Supper. I like most bad interpretations of the Last Supper, actually. I just don't want anyone to think that Christianity is all about Pwecious Moments figurines, Touched by an Angel, Thomas Kinkade tea cozies, Left Behind, those horrid perma-forwarded emails about brave little kids and their dogs, and Chick tracts about how everyone is going to Hell. A lot of people are out there speaking for the faith - my faith - and doing it in a voice that doesn't resonate with me at all.

Voices which do resonate:
Rowan Williams
Anne Lamott
Barbara Brown Taylor
Henri Nouwen
Nora Gallagher
Kathleen Norris
Molly Wolf
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