Loving to Hate the Hateful

When people ask me to “define Christian criticism,” I find it much easier to say what it isn’t than what it is.

Here is an example of what it isn’t.

From a theatre review in The Village Voice, by Michael Feingold:

Republicans don’t believe in the imagination, partly because so few of them have one, but mostly because it gets in the way of their chosen work, which is to destroy the human race and the planet. Human beings, who have imaginations, can see a recipe for disaster in the making; Republicans, whose goal in life is to profit from disaster and who don’t give a hoot about human beings, either can’t or won’t. Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm.

Ahh… the Left is so compassionate, and the Right is so cruel. Can’t you feel the love?

Hate is a sin, whether it’s targeted at Righties or Lefties, fundies or agnostics… even when we turn it upon ourselves.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • Martin

    Feingold is so busy boiling Republicans that he commits what may be a first in theatre-critic faux pas:

    He forgets to tell us the title of the play he’s reviewing.

    But obviously that’s not as important as his agenda for Mengele-style ethnic cleansing of conservatives.