John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Burning Man

Frost & Hirsch use several non-traditional case studies to diagnose our current postmodern situation. The first they use is Burning Man -- a festival that draws thousands of marginalized types out into the desert to build a temporary community of artistic interaction. They say,

"Burning Man has been so successful over the past five years that it has come to represent those trends that pose the greatest challenges to the Christian church. It dares to offer acceptance, community, an experience of god, redemption, and atonement. In short, it resembles everything the church is supposed to offer. But many people are finding the transformative power of Burning Man to be far and away more effective than anything they experience in church."

First of all, I have never been to Burning Man -- though I find it intriguing and have often thought about going to observe and participate on a limited basis (being a husband and father of three little girls provides an obvious obstacle). It seems like the kind of thing I would have really been turned on by when I was a single man. As conservative as I appear today, I have some hippie sensibilities left banging around inside.

Still, here's the question I can't avoid: Isn't Burning Man attractional?