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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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • 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.


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