|Stand and deliver! Adam Ant|
looked awesome as the
Why? Because pirates are awesome. You just have to look at Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow … or the guy he copied – Keith Richards – to know this. And there’s Adam Ant (80s version) dressed as the dandy highwayman, right? The pirate look is sweet, n’est-ce pas? Tres chic. I think we should have “dress like a pirate day!” That, I could dig with a big fat barnacle-covered shovel.
|Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow |
was inspired by...
Brewin discusses historical pirates – guys who escaped the brutal near-slavelike treatment of the British navy, to experience freedom and a share of the profits. He describes the pirate’s life as hard work, but bound by honor and much more egalitarian than traditional sailors' lives.
|Keith Richards who...|
Depending on your political bent, this may or may not sound familiar to you. Brewin then goes on to discuss pirate publishing concerns as well as pirate radio and modern day sea pirates in Somalia. His examples illustrate much-needed rebellion against the systematic domination of a “territory” by the few, to the detriment of the many. Or the 1 percent, over the 99 percent, if you will.
|who went on to play |
Author also used to piracy as an analogy for the rebellious act of growing up, using Wendy’s slaying of Captain Hook in Peter Pan, and also the conflict between Luke Skywalker and his father Darth Vadar in the Star Wars movies as examples. In these cases, the piratical acts of the children lead to reform of the parent as well.
|Blackbeard, an actual pirate|
|Peasants kicking up a righteous fuss|
during the 1607 Midlands Revolt
I’ve been reading Leviticus lately, and believe me, the rules God gave the Israelites in the desert actually were pretty complex and strict. The Pharisees didn’t make that part up, but if I understand correctly, it was the attitude of judgment and entitlement that they oozed, their love of power, that got under Jesus’ skin... their "we're right, you suck" demeanor.
|Peter Pan and Star|
Wars are tales of
kids going rogue
on their parents.
See? It was all part of God’s plan. Not that it was a subversion of God Himself: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3) Arrrrrrgh! (Pirate English for "Like")
|If you're ever in Montreat, NC, |
check out this gorgeous Ben Long
fresco depicting the Prodigal Son.
It's beautiful, and quite large.
Anyway, despite the fact that I'm a bit too much of a tight-assed Evangelical to buy into some of the book's assertions, I like how Brewin writes, and I loved reading this book with its subversive (mutinous, if you will) views on redistribution of wealth, art and faith – things that ought to belong to all, but have been enclosed by a select few.