I want to respond at length to Amy Sullivan's article, "Jesus Christ, Superstar," in the June Washington Monthly.
I'm a big fan of Sullivan's writing and her perspective, but I think this article is a big-time swing and a miss. Her thesis is that the Left Behind books are so popular because they fill a void — the absence of "Christian-themed entertainment":
"Sometime in the 1960s, religiously-themed entertainment simply disappeared," she writes.I disagree — emphatically. I'll explain why in more detail later, but it will have to wait until tomorrow. I'm playing Jesus in Godspell and I have to get to rehearsal.