Eons ago, the church invented theater. The praising of gods, in fact, has always involved a good deal of heart-throbbing music, edge-of-your-seat storytelling and fabulously glittering costumes. Just think about all the hellfire and brimstone raining down from the rafters of Southern Baptist churches every Sunday morning. Those down-home homilies can make getting saved the most gut-kicking theatrical experience this side of Broadway. Baptists even have their own superstars. All honey-voiced and full of good-old-boy charisma, the preachers who sing out the praises of God on television are as familiar... More >>>
Heaven help us: Paul Menzel as Philip Gottschall (left) channels pure Baptist charisma, while James Huston, as Jeremiah Mears, wonders what in the hell this has to do with the Lord.