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If God Meant to InterfereAmerican Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right$
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Christopher Douglas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702112

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702112.001.0001

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Evolution and Theodicy in Blood Meridian

Evolution and Theodicy in Blood Meridian

(p.221) Chapter 7 Evolution and Theodicy in Blood Meridian
If God Meant to Interfere

Christopher Douglas

Cornell University Press

This chapter reviews Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Its opening pages introduce the character of Judge Holden at an evangelical tent revival meeting held in Nacogdoches, Texas in 1849. The anonymous protagonist of the novel, called only “the kid,” has slipped into Reverend Green's “nomadic house of God.” There, the kid hears the preacher describe the constancy of God's love. But evangelical invitation to be born again is interrupted by the judge who steps into the tent to address the audience with charges of imposture and iniquity. The novel relates to cases of pedophilia and bestiality in the 1980s. The period was known for regular scandals featuring fundamentalist and evangelical preachers, often situated in the South in what had been known as the Bible Belt.

Keywords:   Blood Meridian, Reverend Green, evangelical preachers, Bible Belt, pedophilia, bestiality, Cormac McCarthy

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