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Initial post: 23 Mar 2012 21:22:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2012 21:23:02 GMT
gille liath says:
-Are you a Christian?
-No.
-Why not?
-It looks kinda borin'.
-How do you know?
-I saw it on the Simpsons...

Anyone seen any of this interesting series? Thoughts (and I mean anything other than the usual thoughts from the usual suspects*)? The chief idea of the 'missionaries' seems to be that they should reassure people that Christianity doesn't involve anything in the nature of a religion.

Not to worry, though: Britain is still fourth from bottom in the European church attendance league (yes, of course there's such a thing!).

Who on earth are the bottom three? Wigan for one, obviously...

*No coarse jokes about the title either, thank you very much.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2012 17:24:36 BDT
I'm afraid I don't understand the question. Please clarify?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2012 20:05:15 BDT
gille liath says:
It's a TV show. I guess you haven't seen it... :)

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012 16:59:53 BDT
The Simpsons? Or a different show?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012 20:09:24 BDT
gille liath says:
Reverse Missionaries.

Posted on 26 Mar 2012 20:27:27 BDT
gille liath says:
And now there's another one. First Catholics, then Reverse Missionaries, now Chaplains. What's going on? Anyone would think it was Lent or something...

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012 17:19:55 BDT
Any good?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012 19:42:48 BDT
gille liath says:
Well as I say, I found it interesting. The bafflement of these guys from Africa or the West Indies, when confronted by the utter lack of religious culture in the British communities they visit, is a sight to behold. But it's striking that most people they talk to are neither atheists nor against religion. They just don't see it as (dreaded word) 'relevant'.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2012 02:04:19 BDT
It all depends on how you're raised, eh?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2012 09:40:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Mar 2012 09:59:15 BDT
gille liath says:
You can't value what you don't know, that's for sure.

Posted on 1 May 2012 14:44:33 BDT
doctor_jeep says:
Why does someone from the less developed world count as a "reverse missionary"? All they've reversed is the direction of travel of a century ago - the mission remains the same.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2012 20:21:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 May 2012 22:24:20 BDT
gille liath says:
Say...we don't see too many strangers around these here parrrts...

But yes: that's why it's reverse, because they come from countries that were evangelised by Britain in the past.

Posted on 2 May 2012 07:59:59 BDT
RAB says:
Reverse Missionary just sounds dirty.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2012 10:13:03 BDT
gille liath says:
I respectfully refer you to the last line of the OP...

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2012 10:34:33 BDT
RAB says:
I seem to remember reading that bit when you first posted it, since it's been bumped I must have forgot.

My point still stands though.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2012 10:43:28 BDT
gille liath says:
I agree; sad, but that was my first thought too. I suppose it shows how innocent the people who produce religious programming are.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2012 10:46:31 BDT
RAB says:
Or how clever the marketers are.

"Reverse Missionary? Ooh, that's my interest piqued."
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