Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The value of uncoolness
In Touchstone Baptist theologian Russell Moore repeats a point Catholic churches understand: don’t pander to/patronise the kids and they’ll be impressed. It’s a difference between Fr Joseph Huneycutt’s orthodox Orthodox Liturgy, or the eastward-facing High Masses the kids at the St Michael’s Youth Conferences (Episcopal — one of the last surviving Catholic institutions there) put on, and the condescending, commercial codswallop that’s much of ‘CCM’ (‘Pious Riot’ as seen on ‘The Simpsons’ or P.J. O’Rourke on the subject 20 years ago: there ought to be an album called I Found the Lord and Lost My Talent*.) From Rod Dreher.

*John Michael Talbot is an exception. An old friend went to one of his music classes in which he said ‘Don’t inflict your mediocrity on the church’. His music is not for church but devotionally it’s fine... and very good.

Then there’s TV’s humbly wise cartoon Texan, Hank Hill: ‘You’re not making Christianity better, you’re just making rock’n’roll worse!’ (Thank you, reader Jacobus, for reminding me of that one.)

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