Biblical Porn; Affect, Labor, and Pastor Mark Driscoll's Evangelical Empire.

Author:Foster, Claire
Position::Brief article - Book review
 
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Jessica Johnson; BIBLICAL PORN; Duke University Press (Nonfiction: Social Science) 24.95 ISBN: 9780822371533

Byline: Claire Foster

Biblical Porn is, like the story of Mars Hill Church, both more complex and more disturbing than it first appears. Jessica Johnson's unsparing book offers a deep look at the sexual politics and subsequent scandals that dismantled the church in 2014.

Johnson, a professor of Anthropology and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, dives deeply into her subject. After a cursory explanation of "affective labor," Biblical Porn jumps into the convoluted processes of religious conviction.

Mars Hill Church and its founder, Mark Driscoll, are deconstructed from a feminist perspective. Biblical Porn argues that Driscoll used women's bodies, labor, and "biblical porn," or a highly sexualized, commercial reading of the Bible, as a recruitment tool. The success of Mars Hill Church, which grew to fifteen facilities and thirteen thousand members in less than two decades, is read as a testament to Driscoll's successful use of sex as a conversion tool.

In spite of its...

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