“Humiliation and Reconciliation”: I’m at AmCon

“Humiliation and Reconciliation”: I’m at AmCon July 15, 2016

as usual I seem to have kept the most important stuff for the last three paragraphs, but here’s the opener:

My poolside reading this July has been Mary C. Mansfield’s 1995 work The Humiliation of Sinners: Public Penance in Thirteenth-Century France. The book illuminates human questions we still have not resolved with stories from civilizational past. You don’t have to care as much about the Rogation dragon as I do to see echoes of Mansfield’s medieval world in our own rituals of public abasement, from reality TV to political apologies to Alcoholics Anonymous’s Fifth Step.

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