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When The Good, the True, the Beautiful is released, it will have three things worth mentioning this Halloween.

First up in Part One: The Good is a nice article on the theology in the recent nightmare-inducing film versions of Stephen King’s It. By Leigh Hickman.

In Part Two: The True we have a nice article by Jaclyn Parrish on H. P. Lovecraft. Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!

Finally, in Part Three: The Beautiful we have the results of my best and oldest idea for a story.

The idea is pretty simple. Suppose that our three-dimensional universe only moves through the four-dimensional timefield once. That means that if you travel back in time you don’t find your own world. You might find another world, or no world at all. Well, my idea for a story was that the location of Hell is five minutes ago. [Maniacal Halloween laugh.]

When I first had this idea, back in 1997, I imagined demons hunting my time-traveling characters like velociraptors. Fortunately, the development of the idea now hews closer to Augustine and C. S. Lewis than to Jurassic Park. I already let you in on the premise of the story early, but I’ll hold off for now on the sci-fi twist of Dante and how it leads to an intriguing idea of how to construct lower hells as a just punishment for the extra wicked.

Hopefully, the book will be out early next year. You may now go back to wearing silly costumes, eating candy, and worrying about the election.

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  1. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor

    Saint Augustine: [Maniacal Halloween laugh.]

    Well shoot. I may have to be in for this one.

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    • October 30, 2020, at 5:21 PM PDT
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  2. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Saint Augustine:

    You may now go back to wearing silly costumes, eating candy, and worrying about the election. 

    Two out of three.

    Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. — Matthew 6:34

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    • October 30, 2020, at 6:32 PM PDT
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  3. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    Percival (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine:

    You may now go back to wearing silly costumes, eating candy, and worrying about the election.

    Two out of three.

    Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. — Matthew 6:34

    Amen.

    I also don’t have a lot of time. I’m trying not to think about it until I can check in on Wednesday morning from Hong Kong and make sure FL, NC, and GA at least are still Trump votes. Then maybe I can afford to think about PN.

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    • October 30, 2020, at 6:36 PM PDT
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  4. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    Congrats!

    Are you self publishing or using Amazon etc.?

    How do we order or pre order?

     

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    • October 30, 2020, at 8:42 PM PDT
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  5. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    Congrats!

    Are you self publishing or using Amazon etc.?

    How do we order or pre order?

    Thanks. It’s published by Wipf and Stock. It should be available from their website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and I don’t even know where else. As far as I know it’s not available for preorder yet. We haven’t even been told to put the index together yet.

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    • October 30, 2020, at 8:44 PM PDT
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