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Quick Thought: Buddy Christ Doll a Safely Ironic Gift?

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Ty Hogue
December 7, 2009

i have one in my office along with the rest of my Jesus "kitch" collection. i use all of the Jesus books, erasers, figures, etc. in my youth ministry to help students see past our images of Christ to find the Christ of scripture. it's been very helpful. plus they make me laugh!

James T
December 7, 2009

I don't see any problem with it. If anything, it shows that you can take your belief in jesus and know it's a good thing. I also think Jesus has a sense of humour.<br><br>Not sure about how critical it is of christianity as a whole. I makes me wonder if you can ever do right by appearing to endorse such criticisms.

Scott Buchanan
December 7, 2009

I would not buy or display it. I think it only perpetuates the irreverence.

Rick
December 7, 2009

It says at the beginning of John's Revelation that when he saw the risen, glorified Christ that he fell at His feet as a dead man. I'm uncomfortable with a mocking portrait of Christ.

Jerod
December 7, 2009

We're having some Disqus issues. Here are a couple of comments that aren't being displayed here for some reason. Sorry about that.<br><br>Scott Buchanan: "I would not buy or display it. I think it only perpetuates the irreverence."<br><br>James T: "I don't see any problem with it. If anything, it shows that you can take your belief in Jesus and know it's a good thing. I also think Jesus has a sense of humour. <br><br>Not sure about how critical it is of Christianity as a whole. I makes me wonder if you can ever do right by appearing to endorse such criticisms."

Jamesggilmore
December 7, 2009

I love the Buddy Christ doll. If nothing else, it's a great commentary on the extent to which those in power - including the evangelical Powers That Be and the Christian publishing industry - are more interested in using Jesus Christ as a money-making tool, making Him a servant of consumer capitalism and a hierarchical status quo, than they are in absorbing His message of radical love, justice, and sacrifice.

SiarlysJenkins
December 7, 2009

When I was a child everyone knew the song...<br>I don't care if it rains or freezes, 'long as I got my plastic Jesus<br>Riding on the dashboard of my car...<br>(Even if it is Jesus, weren't we commanded NOT to make graven images???

Ben Simpson
December 7, 2009

Buddy Christ is sitting on my desk right now. I'm a fan of satire, a fan of Jesus, and though I find much in Dogma offensive, that's the point of the genre. It exposes us, challenges us, and provokes reflection. I, clearly, would appreciate a gift like this.

ckah28
December 7, 2009

I love Dogma. I think the Buddy Christ is a near perfect representation of how Christians market Jesus.

Ian Mabbitt
December 8, 2009

I would think worrying about whether or not anyone would misinterpret the <br>'Buddy Christ' icon as inappropriate is the least of our troubles --- How Jesus Christ sees idolitry is more the point.The 'Marketing Of Christ' has made it big in the land of the ( not so ) almighty Dollar!

Chris Ruch
December 8, 2009

Within the confines of the movie Dogma, the "buddy christ" concept was funny and had a valid point. Unfortunately bringing that concept as a toy to the real world has much potential to be damaging and make a mockery of our savior &amp; belief system as a whole. I'd personally recommend to seek out alternate methods to brighten a pastors' day... such as a delivery of their favorite snack, or inviting them for a casual dinner &amp; chat/games/movies/etc. The world could do with a lot less trinkets anyway... we've all got way too much stuff, yet we're all crying poor.

Sandra25
December 8, 2009

No, I wouldn't display it. Yes, someone will misinterpret it. Yes, there is a real risk of irreverence. While I personally am not offended by such a trinket, what about the seeker in the next cubicle? What about the neighbor who is a new Christian learning to take baby steps? The focus should not be on whether I think the little Jesus trinket is funny or cute (I don’t) or whether my Christian friends would get a kick out of it (some would); rather, the focus should be on not causing someone to stumble.

Moe_NYC
December 8, 2009

I understand that we are visual beings, but there is no real need to have a doll-like Jesus to understand who he is or what he's done. And if this is humor, I'm not so sure that it's harmless when we are talking about our Lord and Savior.

Frank3
December 8, 2009

There is a Jesus action figure with smooth gliding action (why?) and even an astronaut Jesus (i think they were saying he's going into space and coming back sometime? meh?). On one hand I am very perplexed and get a knot in my stomach when i see them or think about why people would make them and sell them (often christian companies). on the other hand, just like those who get mad that the Simpsons make fun of Christianity more than any other one topic.... it seems that its a topic (Jesus) that continues to be popular and that people continue to keep in the forefront....which is good.... so long as ANY % of them is gripped by the spirit and moved to seek the Real Jesus (with or without smooth gliding action)

Wowshiny
December 8, 2009

While I would never actually buy one, I appreciate the irony. A pastor at my church in Illinois once had a stuffed plushie Jesus doll that he kept on his desk, much to the chagrin of the board members.

Lisa
December 9, 2009

The smooth gliding action is so you can make him "walk on water" or a mirror. We have one. It was given to my non-believing cousin as a joke. It creeped him out, so he gave it to me. My kids love it.

Jeff M
October 18, 2010

I see absolutely nothing wrong with having/displaying "Buddy Christ". I, recently, bought one and display it on the dash of my truck (velcro on the bottom). Lighten up, everyone...Jesus has a sense of humor - he gave humor to us! In my opinion (and the opinion of several ministers who I talked to prior to my purchase), <br>"Buddy Christ" shows a side of our Lord and Saviour that isn't often displayed. I am reminded of all that he stands for every morning as I drive to work. Seriously, lighten up a little

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