…The essay in question was Hart’s “Christ’s Rabble: The First Christians Were Not Like Us.” Aside from being a provocative title, this also prompted me to ask, “In what way?” Having voiced this aloud to myself in the dusty recesses of my parents’ basement, fear and anxiety came pouring in and I felt an unnatural compulsion to read the chapter in question.
Back in 2007-2008, the theoblogosphere was just starting to blow up. All of this was rather new, but household names were already being established: Congdon, Myers, Doerge. It was far from clear if these nascent sites of theological discourse would be permitted, allowed, and sanctioned by the gatekeepers of power and authority. Would this last or was it merely a passing fad?