Tuesday, 16 August 2016
"What Is That To You?"
A comedy can suddenly turn serious to powerful effect. Much of Operation Chaos is humorous, e.g., a flying broomstick has a "...windfield..." (p. 178) instead of a windshield. However, the abduction of Valeria to Hell reads more like horror than comedy. Even Hell can be treated humorously but not here.
Also serious is the discussion of the meaning of the concluding passage of the Fourth Gospel. The Gospels are mysterious not only in their content but even in the circumstances of their composition. Regarding John 21. 20-24, Steve Matuchek says:
"I don't understand it, and I'm not sure Biblical scholars do either, regardless of what they say." (p. 179)
Why does Peter ask about betrayal? Is that line of dialogue transposed from the Last Supper? All I can say is: read the passage and think about it.