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Float Fishing in the Ring of Fire

Float Fishing in the Ring of Fire "I'm with the British writer Zadie Smith, who writes, `The Book of Revelation is the last stop on the nutso express.'" Long's The Vision of the Sixth Angel, c. 1961-65, oil on canvas, from the Collection of Bob Gibson. Courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art. by Hal Crowther It's not well known that I was once an actual salaried art critic, for a very large newspaper--for a very short run. But I'm here today, I'm sure, due to my reputation as a theologian. I have to confess that as a lapsed Unitarian I fall at the opposite end of the theological spectrum from the Reverend McKendree Long. In fact, I guess the only thing we had in common was our taste in women. I, and most of you, I imagine, would be among the lost souls he sent hurtling into the Lake of Fire in their bathing suits or less. Members of my family have even been guilty of the heresy known as Universalism, the bland and beautiful belief that everyone is saved whether they like it or not--"the final harmony of all souls with God"--and that even if you ended up in hell somehow it http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Float Fishing in the Ring of Fire

Southern Cultures , Volume 10 (1) – May 3, 2004

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2004 Center for the Study of the American South.
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"I'm with the British writer Zadie Smith, who writes, `The Book of Revelation is the last stop on the nutso express.'" Long's The Vision of the Sixth Angel, c. 1961-65, oil on canvas, from the Collection of Bob Gibson. Courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art. by Hal Crowther It's not well known that I was once an actual salaried art critic, for a very large newspaper--for a very short run. But I'm here today, I'm sure, due to my reputation as a theologian. I have to confess that as a lapsed Unitarian I fall at the opposite end of the theological spectrum from the Reverend McKendree Long. In fact, I guess the only thing we had in common was our taste in women. I, and most of you, I imagine, would be among the lost souls he sent hurtling into the Lake of Fire in their bathing suits or less. Members of my family have even been guilty of the heresy known as Universalism, the bland and beautiful belief that everyone is saved whether they like it or not--"the final harmony of all souls with God"--and that even if you ended up in hell somehow it

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 3, 2004

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