Surely you’ve heard by now about John Piper’s latest comments concerning Christianity and masculinity (spoiler alert: “God has given Christianity a masculine feel”). A few people have noticed, us included, that Piper seems to be the more authoritative voice behind the more shoot-from-the-hip Mark Driscoll. This week in my column at Patheos, I created an Emperor/Darth Vader metaphor and ran with it. (Turns out, last week another blogger, Peter over at Emerging Christian, came to the same Star Wars inspired conclusion…and he even has a great graphic to accompany his post). Anyway, here’s a bit of my column:
John Piper is like the Emperor to Mark Driscoll’s Darth Vader. There’s nothing inherently “Dark”—as in, “The Dark Side”—about the resurgence of Reformed theology, but as a movement I believe we can observe similarities to The Empire from the Star Wars movies. I’m a huge Star Wars fan, and, next to the Bible, it is one of the most frequently used lenses through which I view the world; so, indulge me a moment. Piper and Driscoll lord over an army of like-minded soldiers—their Storm Troopers. They are on a mission to convert all of Christianity (the galaxy) to their side (conservative, Reformed theology). I guess Minneapolis is Coruscant, and Mars Hill would be the Death Star.
You can read the rest over at Patheos.
TagsAndrew Sullivan Apologetics Arts Atheism Barack Obama Belief Bible Book Review Books Capitalism Catholic Church Catholicism Charles Taylor Christian Christianity Christianity Today Church Conservatives Evangelicalism Evangelicals Facebook Faith God Gospel Coalition History Jesus Journalism Mark Driscoll Marriage Marvin Olasky Marxism Media New Sincerity New York Times Patheos Philosophy Politics Religion Religion and Spirituality Rob Bell Ross Douthat Same-sex marriage Secularism Theology United States
Subscribe to Patrol via Email