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“Dude, You’re the Best Thing to Happen to Christianity.”

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We suppose the tenets of Jay Bakker’s Revolution Church will be spelled out as the series One Punk Under God progresses, but for right now it’s a slow-moving doc on Sundance with little attached to it beyond Bakker’s infamous parents, Jim and Tammy Faye. Jay, founder of the Revolution Church (and creator of the NYC branch, now meeting in Williamsburg at Pete’s Candy Store), still appears vague on exactly what his church espouses beyond loving Jesus and accepting tattoos into your life.

A check of the Revolution NYC website points to two major mantras, “Jesus is the saviour not Christianity,” and “Religion Kills,” as “it’s a false perception of holiness that focuses on law and kills the true message of Christ.” Add to this the selling point, “a church for people who have given up on church,” and it all feels a trite cannibalistic. Still, you’ve got to hand it to religion moderne, hooked in via podcasts and MySpace. There is also an explicit breakdown of the budgetary costs of 2006: $148,800, with only $8,600 going to salaried positions. So punk rock.

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