Thursday, December 13, 2012

Anti-religious kitsch …

… Feel-Bad Religion Books | The American Conservative. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

In 2012, a lapsed gay Irish Catholic writer publishes a novel in which the Virgin Mary is a hag pushed around by her dead son’s disciples, who mistakenly believe he was the Messiah. Ho-hum. Next!

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful! I loved this part:
    You know what would be a book about Mary worth reading? A novelistic exploration of what it must have been like for her to have lived through the murder, death, and resurrection of her son, and the beginning of a religion built around his life, death, and afterlife. How bizarre that must have been for her! Did she ever wonder if it was all a dream? Did she ever wonder how the little boy she had raised in Nazareth came to all this? What was it like for her, having to be such a singular public face for this new faith: from Miriam to the Mother Of God. What did that do to her faith? To her understanding of herself?