The below video has been making the rounds.

Substantively, it can’t seem to figure out who it’s satirizing.  I get the sense that Wendell Berry readers (and I am one!) aren’t the sort who will run around calling themselves post-Constantinians, wearing graphic t-shirts, and going to churches that meet in bars.   And turn toward sexual repression at the end is just odd.

Even where I agree with some of their satirical points, I’m not generally a fan of anonymity in such matters.

What do you think?

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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  1. I’ll admit to being impressed. In defense of the anonymous creator (which wasn’t me), it’s not really possible to sign xtranormal videos.

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  2. Weird and heavy-handed as satire goes, but then it’s easy for satire to become a bludgeon in the wrong hands.

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  3. Yeah, I saw the video and thought it was pretty funny, but I like Wendell Berry as well. The truth is, there is a lot of truth in the satire in the video, but also, there are a lot of people who may say those same kind of things or like them and be very genuine in their convictions. Sometimes they may be genuine and wrong, which isn’t good. But, not all of those things, like Wendell Berry for instance (unless I’m just a blind post-everything type myself),are inherently bad.

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  4. Milliner, thanks for letting me know that. I didn’t realize that.

    Caleb, that’s part of the problem of satire (and the conversation). Some people are genuine, and a lot of what they affirm is bad. I suspect more than anything people are drawn to satirizing post-folks because post-folks tend to start with critiques and satire themselves.

    mat

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  5. I think this could have been very funny if it knew its target better. But, it actually just picks out funny things about all different kinds of Christians…the sexual repression, like Matt pointed out, doesn’t seem to fit here with the stereotype the video is trying to satire. Also, the woman character accepting her home-maker, hospitable role doesn’t really square with the image they’re trying to create.

    Although, I do love the part about “white, able bodied, etc…” That part was funny.

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  6. Jonathan, thanks for spelling out my intuitions better than I did. I think you’re exactly right.

    And yeah, the part you highlighted was probably the best, in my opinion.

    matt

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    1. Substantively, it can’t seem to figure out who it’s satirizing.

      MATT: I sense that the video is satirizing the post-evangelical who dabbles in church history and high church liturgy. The girl, who says people should wear graphic t-shirts and go to churches in bars, reminds me of the hipster Reformed crowd in the Acts 29 Network. A friend of mine attends such a church in Austin, Texas. By contrast, the guy, who says everyone should become Eastern Orthodox, reveals the fashionable ecclesial triumphalism among those who are disillusioned by the worship wars and denominational fights in Protestantism. Funny stuff. And sadly, all too true.

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  7. Christopher, the problem is that the Acts 29 crowd isn’t quite the Wendell Berry crowd. My intuition is the same as Jonathan’s: they’ve combined a number of targets and can’t seem to make up their mind as to which to go after most.

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