What does it mean when a band is judged by how hard they pray rather than how hard they rock? Would Jesus buy “Jesus junk” or wear “witness wear”? What do Christian skate parks, raves, and romance novels say about evangelicalism and America? Daniel Radosh went searching for the answers and reached some surprising conclusions.
Written with the perfect blend of amusement and respect, Rapture Ready! is an insightful, entertaining, and deeply weird journey through the often hidden world of Christian pop culture. This vast and influential subculture a $7 billion industry and growing can no longer be ignored by anyone who wants to understand the social, spiritual and political aspirations of evangelical Christians.
Through 18 cities and towns in 13 states from the Bible Belt to the outskirts of Hollywood Radosh encounters a fascinating cast of characters, including Bibleman, the Caped Christian; Rob Adonis, the founder and star of Ultimate Christian Wrestling; Ken Ham, the nation’s leading prophet of creationism; and Jay Bakker, the son of Jim and Tammy Faye and pastor of his own liberal, punk rock church.
From Christian music festivals and theme parks to Passion plays and comedy nights, Radosh combines gonzo reporting with a keen eye for detail and just the right touch of wit. Rapture Ready! is an eye-opening survey of a parallel universe and a unique perspective on one of America’s most important social movements.
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De-conversion. A chapter-by-chapter Q&A with Daniel Radosh
Gelf Magazine. An interview with Radosh
Homebrewed Christianity. Christian podcast interview with Radosh
Bloggingheads TV. A video conversation between Radosh and Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family
Utne Reader podcast. Radosh on “Why you should listen to Christian rock.”
Steve Brown, Etc. Christian radio interview with Radosh
Good Will Hinton. Video interview with Radosh