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October 8, 2005 | 14 Comments

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14 Responses to “Buy & Sell”

  1. Dada Saves
    October 8th, 2005 @ 1:30 pm

    I like that they’ve “sanitised” Jesus. If they ever decide to satanize Him, lemme know.

  2. Tomek
    October 8th, 2005 @ 2:08 pm

    This is terrible! I don’t want Australia to become anymore religious. I like the way it is now. Any steps to make it more religious are bad…for it makes the chances of it becoming like the US increase. THis whole concentration on Jesus is just scarily similiar to the US chants of Jesus is lord, open your heart to jesus etc..
    If people were concerned about a moral icon..then they would pick socrates, buddha or ghandi over Jesus anyday.

    I do wonder though, how can you make people get more into religion, by avoiding it in advertising? I don’t think people can fall for that so easily. In australia, we have a word for these kinds of people, wowsers I think it is. It is people who say something while lying or ommiting things in relation to their true intentions.

  3. Tomek
    October 8th, 2005 @ 2:11 pm

    correction wowser is a person that is “Rigorous in religious observance; marked by stern morality.”
    or
    one whose overdeveloped sense of morality drives them to deprive others of their pleasures

  4. Debbie
    October 8th, 2005 @ 2:56 pm

    They seem to be adopting the viewpoint of Ghandi who said, “I like your Christ, but not your Christianity”.

    This shows the challenges faced by churches in Europe and Australia. As the populace becomes better educated and more affluent, they take greater control over their own lives, and the top-down direction of the Catholic Church and Pauline Christianity in general is seen as very unsatisfactory. They also have seen all the mistakes made by the Catholic Church over the years with regard to science, moral issues and the behavior of the priesthood and so they are held in far less respect than in previous generations, and certainly not the custodians of divinely revealed truth.

    Most Protestant churches in the US and Africa take a hard-line approach, while Protestant churches in Europe go the other way and lean more toward Jesus as philosopher hippy, rather than variants of the fearsome Pauline version of Christianity that prevaled for almost two thousand years.

    If the Aussie churches follow the lead of many Europeans and turn Jesus into little more than a social philosopher, this hardly is a good strategy for them. Without a belief in the threat of eternal damnation and fear of it the masses really don’t need to ‘buy’ the churches’ message and thereby fill their coffers … they can meet in small self-help groups and work stuff out for themselves.

  5. Delta
    October 8th, 2005 @ 4:17 pm

    Interesting, I wonder if they’ve sold any of that ‘angel snot’.

  6. Athana
    October 8th, 2005 @ 4:40 pm

    Could god worship be a dangerous, life-threatening illness? A study just out last month strongly suggests that this is indeed the case. Maybe it’s time we began passing laws punishing those who spread it (i.e., god worship).

    (See http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1798944,00.html
    and ttp://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/pdf/2005-11.pdf)

  7. Jennifer
    October 8th, 2005 @ 8:07 pm

    I’d buy an edible Jesus

  8. Jennifer
    October 8th, 2005 @ 8:09 pm

    I have some dancing santa’s that sing “Jingle Bell Rock” I would also be willing to buy dancing Christs that sing “Rockin around the Christmas Tree” or “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” or “So This is Christmas”

  9. Lauren
    October 8th, 2005 @ 9:04 pm

    Have you guys seen the Baby Jesus butt plug?

  10. sternwallow
    October 8th, 2005 @ 9:40 pm

    “Jesus. All about life”, just not this one.

  11. The Raving Atheist
    October 8th, 2005 @ 11:30 pm

    I found a review of the site that sells the butt plug: “The site is definitely worth a visit, but only if you’re not easily offended!” And that warning comes from The Perv Mart — which sells”Sensual, BDSM and Fetish products.”

  12. Jean-Paul Fastidious
    October 9th, 2005 @ 2:04 pm

    Well, if I assume that by a seller of “Sensual, BDSM and Fetish products” you mean they are a Catholic store, then it makes sense that some of their clientele might find the Baby Jesus butt plug offensive.

  13. North Western Winds
    October 9th, 2005 @ 10:24 pm

    Modern Day Jonah

    This story from Australia got me to thinking. A group of churches have gotten together to do an advertising campaign intended to reach out to people who do not regularly attend services, and the ad man they’ve chosen is an atheist.

  14. MBains
    October 10th, 2005 @ 12:16 pm

    Maybe it’s because I was raised Catholic, but this item seemed the funniest to me.

    Since nuns “marry” Jesu, I’d bet dude’s got thousands of lifesize virgins, er, versions of these things lying around all over his heavenly hipster pad.

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