Reading Time: 8 minutes If you couldn’t tell, this book just fascinates me–not because of its writing or story, but because it lets readers peek at the seeds of some very ugly traits in evangelicalism. One of the worst of those traits is their deep hatred of uppity women. They call that uppity-ness a Jezebel spirit. So today, Lord Snow Presides over the Jezebels destroying humanity in This Present Darkness.
This Present Darkness
Meet the Professor in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #110, Ch. 8)
Reading Time: 9 minutes Most of the awful traits we see in evangelicals nowadays began to take shape during the Satanic Panic. One of those traits involves their deep hatred of psychology and higher education. If that antipathy confuses anybody observing their culture, today’s post might be of help. Today, Lord Snow Presides over the orgy of evidence that Frank Peretti uses to paint a professor as evil.
A White Knight Appears in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #109, Ch. 8-9)
Reading Time: 10 minutes In today’s installment, a young man shows up and talks like a kidnapper to Sandy Hogan’s devastated parents, and they do not immediately take him prisoner and start removing bits of him till he tells them where their daughter is. Today, Lord Snow Presides over the misogynistic projection in This Present Darkness.
The Stolen Evangelism Strategy in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #108, Ch. 8)
Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome to our off-topic chat series, Lord Snow Presides! In this series, we’ve been discussing Frank Peretti’s punishingly-bad 1986 Christian fantasy novel This Present Darkness (TPD). Last week, we looked at projection–one of evangelicals’ very favorite offenses to commit. Indeed, very few people these days are surprised when toxic Christians accuse others of doing stuff that they […]
Evangelicals’ Projection in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #107, Ch. 7)
Reading Time: 9 minutes In this installment, we get a pointless meeting to tell us stuff we literally already read about a few pages ago so Peretti can get a much-needed zinger delivered to his enemies. Join me today as Lord Snow Presides over Christians who project their own faults onto their enemies in This Present Darkness!
Pretending They Won Anyway in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #106, Ch.7)
Reading Time: 8 minutes We’re still on Chapter 7. Here, we look at a very common modern-day evangelical practice: overstating the stakes, then declaring victory even when they’ve completely lost their manufactured squabble. Today, Lord Snow Presides over evangelicals’ weapons-grade cognitive dissonance.
Evil Ecumenism in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #105, Ch.7)
Reading Time: 7 minutes In this installment, we get our first real look at one of the other villains in the book–the pastor of the other church in town. Today, Lord Snow Presides over evangelicals’ disgust for one of their tribal enemies: excessive coziness with other denominations and religions.
The Accidental Pastor of ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #104, Ch.7)
Reading Time: 8 minutes In the first half of the chapter, two Christians play a rousing hand of Happy Pretendy Fun Time Gaming, we learn a bit more about Hank Busche’s church, and Peretti lays out the stakes for an upcoming central conflict. Today, Lord Snow Presides over the accidental pastor of an upside-down church–and what Hank Busche’s entire situation means to Frank Peretti’s target audience.
Legends In Their Own Minds in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #103, Ch.6)
Reading Time: 7 minutes In this installment of our mega-mega-review, the author lovingly describes in Chapter 6 the weakest angels in existence and shows us how his target audience works themselves up with persecution fantasies. Today, Lord Snow Presides over the Christians who are legends in their own minds in This Present Darkness.
Training Spiritual Warriors in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #102, Ch.6)
Reading Time: 10 minutes Today, Lord Snow Presides over the overwhelming arrogance of spiritual warfare–and its surprisingly earthly origins.