This thunderous volume of Christian apologetics preaches New Testament dogma with Old Testament vigor.
Suwa, a Christian minister, writes chastening epistles in the voice of “the Lamb,” steeped in biblical rhetoric and cadences, addressed to persons and places that he believes symbolize various sins and apostasies. First in the rogue’s gallery is Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution, he says, “disparaged the Creation” with the “severe delusion” that “the fish wobbled out of the sea to become the hippo which then hurtled back into the ocean to become the whale”—a notion that he says is disproved by the book of Job. Other targets of the Lamb’s wrath include African nationals who cling to non-Christian faiths; dissolute pastors who put money, pleasure, and Sunday head counts ahead of piety (“your insatiate greed and the nakedness of your whoredoms are out in the sun”); and the so-called “Sodom and Gomorrah” of gay San Francisco (“you in the steps of Sappho, break free from this prison firmer than Alcatraz”). He also takes on paganlike environmentalists “bogged down and mired in the myth of Gaia”; the city of Salem, Massachusetts, for associating with occult beliefs and psychics; the city of Wichita, Kansas, apparently for having a homonym of “witch” in its name; and the United States, for general vice and blasphemy. Overall, Suwa provides little in the way of cogent argumentation to support any of his anathemas, relying instead on blunt reiteration of ancient verities (including footnotes with biblical references). Still, his writing offers an energetic, well-tuned reprise of the poetic, prophetic style of Scripture. People who belong to one of the groups Suwa criticizes (including Jews, Taoists, and abortion-rights supporters), and who don’t like it when clergymen tell them that God abhors their beliefs and lifestyles, may find this book offensive. However, readers for whom the aforementioned ancient verities are gospel may find it captivating.
A vehement, lyrical restatement of biblical strictures, full of fire and brimstone.