What a bizarre tale this one is! Paganism meets Fr. Brown... Do you think anyone will be arrested for the crime?
i liked this one for a few reasons.
first the neo pagan aspect. even pointing out the "christian science" aspect of forgiving sins by saying we never sinned. the point of browns that the old pagans were smarter because they understood the dark side of their belief and didn't just take all the nice stuff to create a neo pagan happy religion.
the second part was that in a way he may be also talking about the neo christians as well. it just got me thinking about the prosperity gospels and the happy gospel, of today. the loss of sacraments and all the good dogmas, that fell because modern man thought them too silly or crude. (it almost reminds me of lewis in the pilgrims regress where one of the old worshippers makes a point that she prefered the old crude statue over the new. don't know if you are familiar with that one.) it's too scary to talk about blood and sacrifice, or death and resurrection, and heaven and hell. so they just talk about blood resurrection, and heaven instead.
Yes, I thought of the Christian aspect as well. I'm running into a lot of the happy gospel people -- all is love; "there is now no condemnation"; no need to worry about sin.
I haven't read Pilgrim's Regress...
Sacrifice isn't comfortable. Comfort today has a powerful draw. A luxury many think they can afford. (It's a pit I often fall into, myself.)
But on the face of it, this is a very silly story, yes? The woman couldn't possibly have conducted her business blind. Elevators at the time didn't beep to let you know what floor you were on. And you had to see to line the car up with the floor. Even stomping on glasses requires sight, doesn't it?
Or can the will really so overpower the need for sight?
Edited by Diana Holberg on 10/24/2005 09:28:50
of course it's silly... it's chesterton. ;)
by the way it was till we have faces and not pilgrims regress... my bad.
lol... no matter... I haven't read that one either!
I have to confess that I didn't predict the end of this one... but only because so much info was withheld until Fr. Brown was solving it