Friday, February 3, 2017
Missing Old Friends & Old Pages
Thoughts today turned to old friends and past publications and I found myself mourning the loss of The Wittenburg Door . . . a magazine that I began writing for back in my Duke Divinity School days, back when Mike Yaconelli was holding court in those pages of parody and speaking truth to power and privilege. I hitched my star to that wagon for many years.
I still miss Becky Garrison, Joe Bob Briggs, Bob Darden and the rest of the crew . . . and I miss writing my religious parodies most of all. These kept me honest (or at least a bit more so). Religious professionals, and especially the vast army of televangelists, are like shooting fish in a barrel. It's easy to parody what is, in essence, a cast and crew of zany personalities and fundamentalist wackos.
Some of the pieces I wrote were classics. The Three Stooges Bible Study. The Theology of SpongeBob Squarepants. Christian Singles Ads. The Prayer of Jezebel. I could go on . . .
I still pray that someone, some how, will revive this much-needed magazine of Religious parody and bring it back to health. God knows we need it. I certainly do.
Posted by Todd Outcalt at 9:39 AM