Hucksters

Christie Blatchford in the National Post:

How curious it is that in our modern world, where more than ever before transparency and accountability are demanded of both government and public institution [sic], two of the last holdouts have been brought together in the heartbreaking story of Makayla Sault.

They are, of course, evangelical Christianity and aboriginal healing.

Of course? Where did that come from? There are of course plenty of valid charges which could be leveled against that strange amorphous thing which is contemporary evangelicalism. But one of the lone holdouts against “transparency and accountability”? (Wait. Did she just tacitly suggest that government and public institutions have capitulated to demands for accountability? Let’s leave that for another time.)

More to the point, almost any charge is probably true of some subgroup in that group encompassed by a term as vague as ‘evangelical’. At this point it seems to mean anyone who identifies as Christian, but isn’t Catholic or Orthodox, isn’t a mainline protestant, and isn’t a fundy. So everything from stodgy conservative Presbyterian to vulgar non-denominational mega-church, to the huckster televangelist-Pentecostal nexus goes in the catch-all ‘evangelical’ category. It’s the latter that’s in view here. If Benny Hinn & Co. were representative of evangelical Christianity, the point would be well taken.

But he’s not, so Blatchford doesn’t know what she’s talking about, but it does underscore¬†just how bewildering protestant Christianity is to those outside.

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