I'd been holding off on posting and commenting on Brendan Kiley's excellent piece in The Stranger about Mars Hill Church, a locally headquartered religious franchise (not to be confused with "denomination"), until the church had issued a response, to which I could also link. They have done so. Mr. Kiley takes exception with their version of the facts.

Not really interested in getting into theology here, but the impression I get is that Mars Hill manages to combine the authoritarian Calvinism of the Puritans, the mindless literalism of Baptist fundamentalists, the gross marketing of American mega-churches, and the creepy contractual behavior control of the Scientologists. But hey--they're cool with tattoos and beer, so that can't be all that bad, right? 

Anyway, Mark Driscoll's pithy reply to the piece remains as stupid as ever.


 I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.

  Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.

And let's not forget this guy...

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

1 comment:

Gino said...

i read everything. that church is disturbing.
sounds like a decipleship church.