Satire: Rathbun Attacks Corporate Church
- I have permission from Jossey-Bass to distribute an excerpt from the
new book, "Post-Rapture Radio," by emergent church preacher Russell
Rathbun. This book is a hilarious account of one man's quest to change
the face of christianity, masquerading as a collection of sermons and
journal entries by the fictional Rev. Richard Lamblove.
"Post-Rapture Radio" is a scathing indictment of contemporary
Christian culture, "a fascist state [where] everyone says they're
really glad to see you." It includes rants such as Jesus in a
Suitcase, Rotarian Zombies, eschatology vs. scatology, spiritual
shopping, among others. This is the book that dares to ask: If the
world comes to an end and you're still here, were you spared or left
The excerpt I am distributing is called "Mercy Machine," about an
"automated individual liturgical device" capable of dispensing both
mercy and judgment. The excerpt is a searing satire that challenges
the Christian belief in a God who is both forgiver and punisher.
I have uploaded the excerpt in the group's Files library
under the filename "rathbunexcerpt.txt."