True Religion

August 17th, 2009 Posted in writing

It seems you can buy true religion for a couple of hundred dollars and wear it out of the store. True Religion is the name of a line of high end denim clothing that’s been appearing in malls and True Religion outlets all over the country.

When I first walked by the True Religion section in Macy’s, the name brought me up short. The name still bothers me. I don’t like the highjacking of a spiritual concept to designate a clothing line. I’d rather we kept the phrase “true religion” for what the Letter of James says it is — “to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:27) — not a pair of jeans.

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