Episode 256 - My Antediluvian Baby

Episode 220 · August 15th, 2018 · 21 mins 35 secs

About this Episode

Donovan's odd and brilliant song from 1970 entitled "Atlantis" is a good example of what PZ's Podcast is all about.

And what is that?: Well, if you get to the heart of what's really on your mind, what's really bothering you, then you are almost home. Moreover, if you can give it up to God, He always deals with it, and for your good. Making the connection between your reality and God's Reality: that's the presenting problem of life.

I like "Atlantis", by Donovan, because underneath the sententiousness of the first minute or so, what the singer really wants to talk about is "my antediluvian baby". Underneath the somewhat affected "history" lesson is the singer's drive to dive, his drive to locate the underwater object, the girl, of his dreams. (Think "Stella Fregelius", that most alarming novel of H. Rider Haggard. Don't ever read it, by the way -- that is, if you value your sanity.)

This cast, per usual yet with a fresh flare into the night sky of one's life, asks you to ask yourself whether you're bringing out -- bringing out to God -- the core issue of your inwardness. If you are like me, you're probably not. In fact, the core issue of your life has become so habituated a part of you that it may not even occur to you to present it -- "a living sacrifice" (BCP) -- to God. You've been living with TNT buried inside you for so long that you've almost forgotten it's there.

At the end of the episode, I tell a little story on myself, with which I hope you will resonate. And then there's the matter of the final song, one of the most satisfying and positive of all top 40 singles.