Extra Resources: Ev 65 Laughing at Unbelief: Is There a Place for Satire in Evangelism?

There is a growing range of Christian satire on the web. Most of it is about Christians or the church and virtually none is about the world outside. Most of it is done by Christians themselves and therefore is essentially friendly and affectionate in tone, although there is also some rather more hostile material focussing on American Christianity in particular. Sites worth a visit include the following:

  • The Leviathan - 'putting the fun back into fundamentalism' Christian satire from Northern Ireland.
  • Landover Baptist Church - 'Where the Worthwhile Worship' (Motto: Get saved or get out). Mock church website from the US. Stated to be unsuitable for minors.
  • Lark News Web newspaper with a satirical take on American evangelical Christianity. Spoof headlines and news stories are updated fortnightly. Founder and editor, Joel Kilpatrick states "We're in the evangelical world but not of it. There's knowledge, familiarity, and real love for our subculture, but there's also a certain outsidedness. We are not campaigning for a certain point [or agenda]. It's like the relationship the moon has to the Earth. We can observe from afar, but we're in the same orbit."
  • Ship of Fools - 'the magazine of Christian Unrest' UK-based satirical web magazine includes the Mystery Worshipper, Signs and Blunders, Gadgets for God, the Fruitcake Zone and the Biblical Curse Generator ('Smite an enemy with the help of the hard men of the Old Testament').
  • The Door Magazine Originally founded as 'The Wittenburg Door' in 1971 as a resource for Christian youth workers. The publishers say 'We satirize something we love - the Church, and more generally people of faith - with the hope that our prodding might generate some course corrections while inducing a laugh or two... or three.' They maintain that 'The basis for The Door's mission is a scriptural injunction to mock idolatry.'
  • Credenda Agenda a 'bimonthly periodical exploring all areas of life from a biblical, classical Protestant perspective.' Its principal satirical target is modern American evangelicalism but it also pokes fun at several aspects of mainstream US culture, too. See the fake news reports on the 'Cretan Times' page and also various items that appear in the section 'Cave of Adullam.'

Author: Revd Gary Jenkins

Gary is Vicar of Holy Trinity, Redhill. He has previously served in two other parishes in the Diocese of Southwark and before that was a science teacher. He is married with two daughters.

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