Skye Jethani and Crypto-Christians

kinnon —  January 5, 2007 — 4 Comments

Another thought provoking post by Skye Jethani @ Out of Ur, Have We Become Crypto-Christians? Skye ends his post with this:

Have we, like our processors, become Crypto-Christians? Seeking survival and fearing irrelevance, have we clothed our faith with the forms of our American culture to the point that our Christianity has morphed into something entirely different—a folk religion altogether consumerist in spirit and content? Like the Kakure of Japan, are we holding so tightly to our faith we cannot sense that it is already slipping between our fingers?

By replicating the practices of the nations has the church, like ancient Israel, yielded its imagination to the idols of our day? By heavily adopting cultural forms, like the Kakure, have we forgotten the central teachings and practices of the apostles? Was Walter Brueggemann correct when he wrote, “The contemporary American church is so largely enculturated to the American ethos of consumerism that is has little power to believe or to act.”? (emphasis added)

Please go and read the entire post @ Out of Ur.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

4 responses to Skye Jethani and Crypto-Christians

  1. I admit to feeling the post a bit ingenuine, with the advertisements for Jesus Junk winking at me the whole time I was reading it…

  2. I noticed the same thing as Susan, above.

    It’s also a very thought-provocative piece. Loved it. Thanks for linking to it.

    Additionally, thanks for your blog, Bill. It’s a big-time encouragement.

  3. I didn’t mean the comment to be dismissive of the content: it was simply that as I read the article, the flashing advertisements were distracting, and had the effect of giving me reason to note how challenging it is to even discuss the content in the context of such deeply inculturated consumerism.

  4. Susan,
    I didn’t read your response that way – and confess that I’ve tuned out the visual ad spam @ Out of Ur. I found yesterday’s banner for to be particularly offensive, however.

    Truly appreciate the encouragement – especially coming from one whom I would consider to be one of the best voices in the blogosphere.


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