This guy is good. Bob McElvaine teaches at Millsaps, where I went to college. I never had the pleasure of taking a class from him, but several of my friends did and they all raved. He’s apparently as compelling an instructor as he is a scholar, writer, and comedian. Luckily for lefty-blog-reading-types, he’s recently started contributing over at the Huffington Post. Anyway, I’m just beginning his latest book, Grand Theft Jesus: The Hijacking of Religion in America.
As you may or may not know, I’m a big fan of titles (and subtitles). Had I actually written a chapter for every chapter title I’ve come up with over the years, or a song for every song title, you’d be able to call me “prolific.” Unfortch, where those sorts of projects are concerned, I rarely make it past that initial creative-impulse phase. That any content exists on this blog is something of a miracle in itself … when I started it last month there was some concern that it might become a clearinghouse of blog titles for posts that remained vacant.
Anyway, big fan of chapter titles that I am, I couldn’t resist copying below the Table of Contents for McElvaine’s new book. Some of them are just brilliant:
Genesis: The Second Going of Christ
“Easy Jesus”: Be a “Christian” Without Sacrifice or Good Works!
Amazing Disgrace: Blinded by the Lite
For Christ’s Sake! We’ve Got to Stop These Guys
The Greed Creed: The Jesusless Church of Mammon
Religion Is the Worst Thing that Happened to Christianity: Christianity Morphs into Constantinianism
“Well, Then Jesus Was Wrong!” X-a-Jesus: Biblical Inerrancy (Except for What Jesus Said)
These Are the People Jesus Warned Us About: The Right Reverends
Jesus W. Christ! The Rise of the Xian Right to Political Power
Waiting for Righty: The “Divine” Politics of Division
War Is Heaven? Backward Pseudo-Christian Soldiers
Unintelligent Design: The War Against Science
All About Eve: Some People Claim That There’s a Woman to Blame
In other `what am I reading (not that you care)’ news, my liberry copy of Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland just arrived. It recently won the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The NYT review is here, while it lasts.