I've loved Keillor's work for some time now, until recently. Politics intrudes and with it a bitterness from him that ruins it and the whole thing for me. His schtick is always about feigned innocence and when he steps out of it, instead of commenting from inside, it's gone. But the "News" and the Lutheran stuff? It's not just Lutheran. It is a sendup, lovingly, of folks of faith that you can't really get anywhere. It is universal.
Satire (the allowance of it or the reaction against it) can be a very good barometer re. how healthy or unhealthy the press - and society - are. So maybe McCracken's book is partly a "touché"? If so, i think it's a good thing! (You should hear how Garrison Keillor sends up Lutherans in general and Midwestern Lutherans in particular - if anybody else said what he regularly says, they'd be run out of town on a rail! And he's not even Lutheran himself - the audacity! )
What, "Jesus is the answer/ for the world today!" Remember that song? I always liked the smarmy counter, "Jesus is the answer, what's the question?" I like to rephrase that for the challenging of cant and gullibility of any kind. "Throw the bumbs out! ...." "Tax the rich! ...." You get the picture.
I like the cover design on McCracken's book - reminds me of all the awful (and incredibly redundant) evangelical Christian takes on the early 70s Coke ad campaign, which I'm sure Rich remembers. The ads said "Coke - it's the real thing" and the stickers, et. al. said "Jesus - he's the Real Thing." Consumer society, here we come!