Pop culture and theology mix fruitfully in pulp-crime fiction.
Here’s a four-part course from 2012: Red Harvest: Crime Fiction and Gospel Conviction .
Here’s the blurb that went with the class:
Crime fiction, in its varied forms, both illuminates and counterpoints the Gospel. Crime fiction correctly presents and analyzes the sinful human condition, even where its conclusions are horribly wrong. And, in crime fiction as nowhere else, the law is most definitely the Law: God did not get after Cain for shoplifting.
So: four classes’ worth of dark human hearts and blazing Gospel light, interspersed with mayhem, Augustine, detectives, 1930s pulp novels and the overlooked theological punch from the opening line of The Postman Always Rings Twice: “They threw me off the hay truck about noon.”
These are complete classes, so prepare a stiff drink before hitting “Play.”
As an example of what not to drink, consider this assault on civilization from that Pravda of sentimentality, Parade magazine: Girl Scouts Cookie Thin Mints Martini
- 3 parts chocolate vodka
- ½ shot creme de menthe
- 1 shot chocolate milk liquor
- Chocolate syrup (as needed)
- 1 Thin Mint, crushed
- In a martini shaker, mix together chocolate vodka, creme de menthe, and chocolate milk liquor. Shake well. If you don’t have a martini shaker, use a glass filled with ice and mix well.
- Coat a martini glass with chocolate syrup. Crush the Thin Mint cookie and coat the brim of the martini glass with the cookie. Then, pour your martini drink mixture into the glass.
The mind, as well as the bowel, races. One might add:
3. Insert Luger under tongue to minimize the aftertaste
Here is something more appropriate: Garden & Gun magazine’s Guide to Southern Cocktails.
We have, of course, written on crime fiction and how it relates to business crime, cocktails and theology before.