For The Impious Eye, More Light Means Greater Terror


painting of woman showing fearH. P. Lovecraft, in his 1926 story “The Call of Cthulhu,” models how the unbelieving, the impious, should view the world around them—with horror, terrified. Were unbelief correct and Scripture no revelation, one would be quite reasonable to think as this narrator does:

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age. (1993 Creation Press collection, Crawling Chaos, 135)


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