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A "Soak up the Son" hat is one of many items made to attract young people to religion. The hat is $15.97 at Family Christian Stores in Fort Gratiot.
Rachel Hinkley smiles when she hears one of her peers say Jesus is cool.
"I always say, 'Yeah, he is.' It's something I've known for a long time," the Marysville teen said.
But lately it seems the King of the Jews is the King of Cool. Call it a pop culture moment.
He's a hot seller at hip shops such as Journeys, where shirts declare "Jesus is my homeboy." At screensavers.com, scenes from Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ rank No. 3, just after some peaceful waterfalls and the Matrix code, and just before American Idol reject William Hung.
One of the problems with the Jesus of pop culture is related in a conference download (initially about the Da Vinci Code), titled Spirituality Unplugged. What the speakers (Bob Pyne and Joni Powers) conclude is that today in America people are looking for spirituality without religion.
Ultimately it is a quest for meaning without being committed to the truth.
This is not intended as a sweeping generalization. Nevertheless it is the product of a post-modern/new age.
The audio web sight is http://www.nbctexas.org/media/davinci.htm