OK, sorry for so many posts in one sitting. It’s more fun for my readers if something new comes every day, rather than several things at once. I suppose I could just save them and post them later to make it looking like I’m blogging regularly. But…nah!
My nastalgia for old time religion is not new, and about six months ago I lost at least four or five hours to this web site: Chick. Then I lost another hour or two fascinated by other web sites about Jack Chick. It would seem that there are quite a few collectors of original Chick tracts. There are also a number of Chick imitators. And it’s all available to anyone with an internet connect.
As are the tracts themselves. You see, the Chick people, unlike the Thief in the Night people, apparently aren’t concerned with making money saving people’s souls. They offer a stupendous number of tracts online, which you can either read to get saved yourself or print out to make your own tracts.
The most interesting thing is that the high regard for Jack Chick is not coming from Christians but from admirers of his style of art and presentation and storytelling. They are high kitsch—shock and awe cartoon evangelism—which is also highly original. (Which is why you can lose a couple of hours reading them.) Add in just more than a wee bit of goofy conspiracy theory stuff (read this, for example) and the nastalgia of having read them when you were a kid and you’ve got something of real cultural value, I think. I seriously doubt any of you will be angry at me if you click the link—unless it’s because you ended up losing a couple of hours of your time.
So don’t say I didn’t warn you.