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Thought for October 25
I am traveling today to a conference, and it will be combined with seeing family. Enough said on this point. But on the short flight to where I have a layover, I sat in front of a quintessential Southern woman. I say that ironically, because there is no such thing, but she was loud, brassy, cursed a bit, and got along great with her seatmates. I know she annoyed the other passengers on the packed-in flight, but other than the constant use of God's "name in vain," I found her amusing. I learned all about her life, her boyfriend, her ex-husband, her job, her trip, her child. So did the rest of the flight, I think. She was sort of like Paula Deen in looks, voice, and personality (which shows I am not a fan).
It occurred to me that God never called anyone to be a curmudgeon, which is easy to be at times.
How's that for a title? Thought it might get some hits. However, this post is dead serious. Last night I taught, for the first time, this fascinating "tale," which might be called an allegory. I taught it in conjunction with "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor. Both must be read in light of the Christian world view or metanarrative, that of perfect creation, fall, redemption through Christ, and an eventual return to a perfect creation. As I told my students, different churches interpret that sequence differently but all hold to the same basic sequence.
But of course, they are very different stories. "Young Goodman Brown" is set in the Puritan landscape and more specifically in Salem. This is not just any New England town in the 17th century, but the site of the hysteria and hypocrisy of the witch trials, a time engrained into American consciousness especially through The Crucible and the McCarthy times. (These are, of course,…