You watch two trench-coated boys walk into their high school and shoot everyone in sight. Then a demon drags them off to be tortured in Hell. No, it’s not the latest video game. It’s Hell House, a Halloween haunted house put on by a church in Texas. Next time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll look into today’s Christianity - making Jesus cool, from Hell House to Heavy Metal.
Phillip Jenkins is the author of “The Next Christendom: The Coming of Age of Global Christianity.” Jenkins tells Steve Paulson that Christianity may be declining in the nations of the industrialized West, but Pentecostalism is experiencing explosive growth in Latin America and Africa.
Film-maker George Ratliff took a crew to Hell House - a Halloween haunted house produced by the Trinity Assembly of God Church in Crawford, Texas. The church’s goal is to scare teenagers away from the behavior they believe leads to eternal damnation.
Theologian Harvey Cox tells Anne Strainchamps that speaking in tongues is an ecstatic form of worship that has been present in Christianity since the days of the Apostles. It makes some church leaders nervous, but is a way for ordinary people to experience mysticism.
Oz Fox was the lead guitar player and a vocalist for Stryper - a hugely successful Christian heavy metal band. He tells Anne Strainchamps how the band became Christian musicians and how they combined the Christian message with the theatricality of glam rock.