Christ co-opted by culture – the huckster Jesus
In a series of images intended to illustrate H. Richard Niebuhr’s 5 models of Christianity’s interaction with culture, Wanderings of a Theological Vagabond chooses to represent Christ by an image of Christ as huckster, a view of Christ as completely coopted by capitalist culture. Hat-tip to What’s the deal with stuff for drawing my attention to this.
- Christ against culture
- Christ of culture
- Christ above culture
- Christ and culture in parados
- Christ transforminc culture
The Christ the Transformer of Culture image, however, exposes the falsity of both images:
In which the salesman Christ transforms Mr T into a besuited useful tool of the Marketing Department, so a phony Christ transforms people into a phony culture. The problem with the series is that the image on the left represents the Christ of culture — or at least the Christ of Western capitalist culture, far better than that of the chosen Mr T with a halo.