Sunday, January 19, 2014
Found this unusual book the other day. I love books and records from the sixties like this, ones that use psychedelic iconography and McLuhan-speak to try to make the church sound cool for young people. And this one comes with two flexi-discs including a bizarre harpsichord/spoken word sound collage and a robot from the future named 'Ralph.'
Dennis Benson is a plugged-in, turned-on churchgoer who wants to take religious education out of the scrolls and into the electric age. The book offers role-playing games for youth groups and church meetings. There are games called 'Acid' and 'Magic Pill,' and a lot of them grapple with cultural difference in an age of television, drugs, and long hair. Some of them actually sound fun. One asks players to imagine a post-apocalyptic world splintered into groups of embattled survivors. Into each group enter two mute, possibly dangerous interlopers (i.e., hippies) seeking shelter. Do the groups decide to let them in or send them packing? What's the xian way?