Tony Parsons was a wonderful social commentator in his 1990s heyday. He is now, mainly, an excellent novelist. Interviewed in Christianity Magazine by Gareth Sturdy in September 1999 he said this of evangelical Christianity:
765. I think the evangelical side of the church can especially frighten people away. The ones I met were really decent, likaeble people. Just their rituals - well it's a bit like canned laughter. You know, people being a little bit more ecstatic than they really are. Feigned ecstasy. It always seemed a little bit overdone to me.