Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

“Follow you into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie

There is a song written by “Death Cab for Cutie” that relays the words “In Catholic school, as vicious as Roman rule, I got my knuckles bruised by a lady in black, I held my tongue, as she told me son, fear is the heart of love, so I never went back.” (“Follow you into,” 2000)This lyrical statement provides substantiation for the Catholic Church’s use of fear as a means of transforming people into suitable Catholics. And although the songwriter implies that he himself was not swayed by these means of intimidation, many others have been in past and contemporary cultures. While religion is a faith based institution, it is also an enterprise that is meant to teach love and affection to a society. While fear may spark an infinity of faith and devotion, it is not capable of warping the hearts and minds of people into truly loving and connecting with a higher power. Other religious groups both Christian and non are responsible for the very same act of instilling fear into their congregations, yet none so much as those of the Catholic practice.
According to Catholic convention and Isaiah 11:2-3, one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit is fear itself. Such gifts are only available to those who are in an ostensible “state of grace.” Furthermore on this principle, Fr. John A. Hardon states that “the fear of the lord is the desire not to offend him.” (Richert)
Along with the idea of fear in modern religion, the song also explores contemporary ideas of death by young people in society. As the music video entails, a young man is grappling with the idea that death is inevitable and closer to him as every day passes. The hole, representing death and darkness, grows larger every time he turns away from it. Yet, when he finally falls in and realizes that it isn’t as scary as it had seemed, he goes willingly and nothing in the world changes due to his passing.


One response

  1. chrismfdaniels

    I like the line “I will follow you into the dark.” It seems as if it is reflective of the general idea of faith, because that what faith basically is. The act of believing in something that we know nothing about and is bigger than anything we can imagine is something that gives hope to humanity when channeled in the right direction. I don’t know that the statement quoted though holds any direct link to the Catholic Churches use of fear. But I will agree with you that the Catholic Church often a fairly evil bunch. I like to think the Catholic Church’s motto is “Screwing the poor over since year 1”

    May 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm

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