11 February 2008

a gated community of the soul

There was an interesting article I chanced across in this morning's USA Today: "A Gated Community in the Evangelical World." It points out how a number of prominent, wealthy, and celebrity evangelicals find themselves disconnected from the life of any local parish community.

In some cases, where church attendance might draw paparazzi or require a significant bevy of bodyguards, I can understand the hesitancy to disrupt the life of a local congregation. But I wonder how much the phenomenon outlined in the article is an effect of [a] an evangelical piety that fosters an individualistic and privatized spirituality and [b] complicity with secular patterns of elite exclusivity? Thoughts?