Criminals In Ties: Contract Law and Reservoir Dogs
Posted On February 23, 2014
The interplay between law — especially criminal law — and theology is more subterranean and nuanced than many give it credit for. The same is true of civil law, as here: Contract Law and Reservoir Dogs
A contract is an exchange of promises: “I promise to do x if you promise to do y.” Each party must undertake an obligation—called “consideration”—for the contract to be binding. A simple unilateral promise with no consideration (“I will give you my car on Monday”) is not usually binding. These law-rules about obligations in our daily lives provide a contrast to the covenant that the Lord makes with David and to the way that David treats Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son.
Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992), of course, shaped an entire generation of criminals-in-ties on film. We have discussed crime and theology before, at Spare the King and Seize the Spareribs, in what may be the only paragraph in English to discuss both King Saul and John D. MacDonald’s fictional private eye, Travis McGee.