A church north of Melbourne, Australia, is trying to broaden its appeal with a special service for fans of science fiction. The Reverend Avril Hannah-Jones said the service would “explore parallels between fantasy and Christianity, taking inspiration from Dr Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Wars.” In response, conservative Christians have been expressing their disapproval.
“I don’t have a problem with people enjoying sci-fi, but church isn’t the place to encourage escapism and fancy dress,” Mentone Baptist minister Murray Campbell said. … Catholic priest Gerald O’Collins said: “There should be no need to dress it up.”
Father O’Collins is right. There really should be no need to dress it up. That would just be, you know — ludicrous-like. So not at all like these guys, great religious leaders decked out in dresses and purty hats.
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