Excersus CV: Girl Power
I had St. Augustine on the brain as I wrote this episode, since I was at the time writing up an essay about the theological
history of Collective Guilt, which really got its start for Christianity with St. Augustine's entirely awful City of God. I would
go into more detail, but then you wouldn't need to read the article, would you?! I will say, though, that one of my favorite bits
of Kramer and Sprenger is the ridiculous set of People Who Can't Be Influenced By Witches. The best are the bailiffs - that angels
give them automatic protection, and that's why you don't see anybody involved with the justice system being struck down by the supposedly
all-powerful witches they are prosecuting. That certainly explains, after a fashion, why witches, as powerful as they are made
to be, are ever captured and brought to trial. But it does it at the cost of making the angels look like dicks. If they can so easily
grant blanket security to people so as to keep them from getting inflicted with horrible curses, then the fact that they only do this for
justice officials and royalty, and not for ordinary people, seems not particularly Christian of them. "Well, you're not all that Important,
so we're going to go ahead and let that witch give your cattle impotence." This goes back to the whole issue of why God lets the innocent
suffer, which, again, you're going to have to wait for the article to read more about!
And now, it is time to gather together Geoff and
the Crew to celebrate a bit early the day of my birth - which means that it's also The Vocate's anniversary - two years come Tuesday! Nifty!
- Count Dolby von Luckner