A Criticism of “The Preiching of the Swallow”

I am pleased at last to see a fable that, rightly, praises the greatness and goodness of God! I myself experienced His kindness firsthand, as through the blood of Christ I was healed. Yet, in praising of God, creator of all, this fable neglects His son, and Our Savior, Jesus Christ! I might have even overlooked such a slight, and let it pass without comment, had the story not sought to include a manner of pagan gods, such as “Flora, goddess of the flowers,” “Phebus” Apollo, “Ceres,” and even “Bachus, god of wine.” I am a knight, and I cannot let such an insult to my Lord Jesus pass unchallenged. Truly, to include characters such as these, but to omit Our Gracious and Loving Lord Jesus is an offence against the community of the faithful!

The true demonstration of God’s goodness and love for us is not the creation of pleasant-smelling flowers, but the agony and death of Our Lord Jesus, which he took to cleanse us all of sin. Nevertheless, the story does have several pleasing qualities besides its praise for God, its omission of Jesus notwithstanding. Its humility, and acceptance of the truth that understanding God’s divinity is beyond the ability of mortals is refreshing. Also, it’s overall aim, to present a story that can be used to instill moral virtues in the young is also a praiseworthy quality of the work, although I believe that such a text is an unnecessary supplement to the Bible, which details the life of Christ. For no such fable can compare to the value of Christ’s own words.

Despite these issues, this fable is a tolerable attempt by flawed individuals, as we all are. I pray that the Author of Us All will find this work pleasing, and that the authors of this fable will continue to write for the greater glory of God and His Church.

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3 thoughts on “A Criticism of “The Preiching of the Swallow”

  1. Longinus, although I do agree with many of your words, I personally believe your assessment of the lack of Christ’s presence in this tale to be overly critical and plainly erroneous. However, much of what you said does contain valuable words. I especially liked your comparison between the value of fables and the Christ’s own words. As much as fables are important to our understanding, in simplistic terms, the complicated nature of human life, they can’t possibly compare to the value found in the Christ’s timeless lessons. Fables are here, as you said, to supplement, not to replace, the Bible. And I believe the Church’s own tolerance to fables to be a testament to their moral value for all mankind.

  2. Longinus, as you know, many Christians in our time worship the one true God, while still holding on to their old ways of Pagan gods yule logs. Yes, it is heretical, but those not educated in the ways of our church can only be expected to hold on to these traditions, even if our lord Savior does not punish them so. Do not forget that your ancestors likely worshiped the trees and the sky, do not hold your crackers and wine in such high regard!

  3. I do agree with thee, Longinus; however, I do not find the fable flawed. It can be a necessary addition to the Lord’s bible, because it does have a great moral of faith. Following faith helps keep others away from temptation and sin. Thy Swallow is really a beacon for the Lord and the creation of life. There are the four blessings one must follow in order to get into God’s Heaven. One thy sins are removed. When are sins removed before or after thy has slaughter another kingdom in battle? Second thy will end the war; which in your time thy has many wars with other kingdoms for power. You wage war on someone for revenge or to expand your kingdoms. Third is a perfect day for love and charity. When does that happen in your kingdom? You need to find time for love and charity of thy noblemen. In doing all this, one will gain access to God’s Heaven. I hope Esope does too, in order to keep faith alive in all of the people. Faith is a hard thing for people to believe in. I would know, thy Lord was sacrificed, because no one believed he was a beacon for God.

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