Saturday, June 07, 2008

Timely News Items

Wonder Woman actress finds dead body in DC river
Lynda Carter tells The Washington Post she was alone in a boat when she saw the body Wednesday...District of Columbia police say the body of 47-year-old Helen Johnstone of Washington was found floating on the river Wednesday."
"John's Stone," eh? Fascinating. Which brings us to...
Baptist Churches Dropping the "Baptist" from their names

Like those at many Baptist and other Christian churches across the country where attendance has steadily dropped, many Baptist Temple members feel they are at a point where they must either rebrand themselves with a new name, restart as an entirely new church or limp along a few more years before quietly closing their doors....

...Sue Anderson thinks the name Baptist Temple is "kind of bizarre." But primarily because of the "Temple" part, which was chosen because of the church's onetime proximity to the towering George Washington Masonic Memorial. She worries it conjures images of tambourines and people speaking in tongues. But the word "Baptist?" That's non-negotiable...
Fascinating link there, no?
"The word Baptist is such a turnoff," said David Roozen, director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research in Connecticut, who has documented the name-changing trend. "There is a kind of national skepticism about evangelical Christianity because of the religious right and the connection to the Bush administration. You say 'Baptist' and people almost automatically think conservative."
Even more fascinating. Of course, Southern Baptists were first in line to put Bush into office, were first in line for the government handouts under the Faith-Based Initiative, were first in line for the gas-guzzling Jimmy's and Yukon's and the McMansions and all the rest of the trappings of the Sprawl era. Churches were once built around doctrine and long-standing communities- today's megachurches are built around nothing more than short attention spans, cheap gasoline and runaway real estate speculation. A beautiful old Gothic church has inherent value even if it loses its flock. What will happen to these cinderblock instachurch monstrosities once their parishioners realize they can no longer afford to gas up the Yukon for the 45 minute drive there, never mind the tithes or the Christian academy tuition or the de-gaying therapy for little Cletus?


  1. Mythic elements in the Lynda Carter thing, re. Isis etc. Would have worked out better if it had been a male body she found. Odd that I had just finished reading about Wonder Woman/Lynda Carter in your book, and hadn't thought about either of them for *years.*

  2. Well, the he/she name (Helen and John-Stone) works even better for my money! Plus, Amazon, River- it's perfect!

  3. lets not forget "helen" means "torch" which isis holds near nj

  4. I'm not sure of the siginificance, but the fact that Wonder Woman went as "Diana Prince" makes the story even stranger.

    Clues here?