Here's Carman absolving ancient Christians for doing horrible stuff

Remember Carman? I sure do. While researching my previous post, I happened upon some of his ultra-cheeseball music videos from the 90s, and this one in particular really stood out. First an aside, though: I don't recall anyone I knew ever actually liking Carman. His music was sort of an unintentional parody of pop culture, and he mostly just came off as an old guy trying really hard to tell everyone under the age of 18 how cool and hip and 'with it' he was.

In this video, though, we can see the insidious side of evangelical theology seep into the conversation. The video opens in a classroom setting wherein the students are discussing the Dark Ages, and atrocities perpetrated by the church like the Inquisition. The following dialogue hits:

Student: Why did the 16th century church wanna kill people that wanted to be Christian?

Carman: Whoa. The Church didn't do it. You see, the church is the body of Christ, and the body of Christ is not going to kill itself. It was the evil spiritual forces behind those in leadership positions.

I wonder how the "it was evil spirits!" defense holds up in court these day.


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