Saturday, September 24, 2011


A.  He who delights in observing evil acts is far from the love of God.

B.  It's the mark of extreme naiveté to think that the crucifixion could become "cheesy", or that God's love for humanity could be a cliché.

C.  There is a unique terror in walking through a Catholic gift shop, surrounded by hundreds of ornamental crucifixes. 

D.  That final line of The Dark Knight: "He's not the hero we want; he's the hero we deserve," reflects an awful pessimism.  Correcting the layers of philosophical error that underly any acceptance of such a thought would erase the entire film and the possibility of enjoying it.  We deserve no hero at all.  We should not therefore put up the wicked man on the pedestal reserved for the good.  Nor should we cease to remember what would constitute the only possibility for our salvation.  Gary Oldman's line is certifiably evil, since only the devil would want to re-order our hopes and understanding of the good to some mere Achilles or Odysseus.  True, we deserve nothing.  This is why hope is a theological virtue.


  1. re: D. (Yes, I know, the quote is actually the opposite of that.)

  2. Namely: "Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now."

  3. Participation! There are a multitude of saviors who fall short of Christ but are at the very least not of the devil. Hope is a theological virtue, but it is not merely of divine things. If I love the city, I hope for its good. If I see that the virtuous are depredated, I say that they deserve better. Where in this is the Satanism; where the Pelagianism?

  4. I agree with the clear points of that, but it's basically irrelevant to anything I said above. Clarify if you want me to understand what you're getting at.