Obsession with the Monstrous

I suspect that the whole obsession of our time with the monstrous in general- with the occult and the demonic, with exorcism and black magic and the great white shark – is at its hearet only the shadow side of our longing for the beautific, and we are like the knight in Ingmar Bergman’s film ‘The Seventh Seal’, who tells the young watch about to be burned at the stake that he wants to meet the devil her master, and when she asks him why, he says ‘I want to ask him about God.  He, if anyone, must know.’

-Frederick Buechner

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