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Bugs Bunny Meets Brian McLaren: Christianity, Pop Culture, and the Quest for Hip

Russell Moore is the Dean of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  He also serves as executive director of The Henry Institute which is described as "a think-tank devoted to equipping churches and church leaders to engage the culture from a biblical worldview perspective."

In his March 11th commentary he takes on the emergent movement in an article titled, "Bugs Bunny Meets Brian McLaren: Christianity, Pop Culture, and the Quest for Hip. Here are some quotes:

It seems to me that the “Loonatics” phenomenon is not all that far removed from the “emergent church” fad sweeping American Christianity at the moment. Many good critiques of the “generous orthodoxy” of Brian McLaren have been offered—noting everything from the movement’s embrace of a faulty view of truth to its flirtation with understandings of salvation that reject the necessity of explicit faith in Christ. But even beyond the specific doctrinal crises in the emergent movement, there is the sad fact that this really isn’t all that new.

That’s because the problem is not simply with the postmodern fuzziness of Brian McLaren and his devotees. The problem instead is that American evangelicalism long ago sold out to cultural accommodation to the consumerist, therapeutic ethos of contemporary American society. Now that side of evangelicalism is as “lame” in the eyes of the culture as a Looney Tunes cartoon from the 1960s. And so, evangelicalism “reinvents” itself—in the image of a brooding, angst-ridden twenty-something coffeehouse culture.

Thanks to Reformissionary for finding the article. Read the full article here >


  1. I can’t get the whole post to come up through the “full article here” link… but this is almost a carbon copy of Steve McCoy’s post over at Reformissionary (@

  2. bugs bunny uncool? no way, those cartoons still rock. hey drew, i appreciate your blog and the kaleo church culture studies. good stuff, keep it up.


  3. I’m a new blogger an I’m interested in your stuff. The article on the emerging church is out of a wise and discerning spirit.

    I appreciate it.

    Where can I find more?

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