Episode 323 – I Put a Spell on You

In this podcast, I look at “zero-case” policy in its high(est) bar of risk aversion; in its seemingly complete disbarring of models for human fulfillment outside of physical survival of the body; and its implacable and surprising use of the “civil arm” to enforce the details of the average person’s locked-down life.

PZ’s Podcast / 7.22.21

I know it may seem pretty far off in geography, but the “zero-case” policy of Australia, with its accompanying long and also ‘snap’ lockdowns, is arrestingly relevant to Mockingbird (and over-all Christian) concerns for human welfare.
What is going on officially in Australia is so striking in its steel mindset of fear over faith that it calls out for observation, let alone evaluation. In this podcast, I look at “zero-case” policy in its high(est) bar of risk aversion; in its seemingly complete disbarring of models for human fulfillment outside of physical survival of the body; and its implacable and surprising use of the “civil arm” to enforce the details of the average person’s locked-down life.
I then ask, Where is the Church’s voice being heard? One has spent almost one’s whole ministry admiring a certain unusual brand of Australian Anglicanism associated with the Diocese of Sydney. Yet one seems to be hearing nothing from them in terms of faith over fear. I wonder if that Church can recover, after the lockdowns are over, from its silence. Of course there must be many Australian Christians who desire to place other goods beyond just the physical before the public eye. But one sees no evidence of that.
Even Beyond the Beach (1959), the nuclear disaster film about the end of Australia (and the world), postulated a mass turning-to-God near the end. And remembeer the evangelical closing shot of that alarming movie: “Brother, there is still time.”
Where is that spirit “Down Under” now? Where is the Christian Church, and our Christian Hope? Je ne sais pas.
Oh, and the opening and closing music today consists of excerpts from cover versions of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ song, “I Put a Spell on You”. One grew up on that song, albeit its Tyneside incarnations.
LUV U.