Much more than the sum of its parts, Ender's Game is more than one guide to life. The ethical quandaries leave it up to the reader which guide to life...moreMuch more than the sum of its parts, Ender's Game is more than one guide to life. The ethical quandaries leave it up to the reader which guide to life it is.(less)
Addictive, compulsively demanding the reader's continuing reading. Ignites genuine epiphanies and incites uncontrollable belly laughs in an interconne...moreAddictive, compulsively demanding the reader's continuing reading. Ignites genuine epiphanies and incites uncontrollable belly laughs in an interconnected manner of which I, as a "writer", am exceedingly jealous. Still, I cannot get enough.(less)
Don't let the slow start dissuade you from this Helprin masterwork. Although his best work, 'Winter's Tale', has a magical realism angle, this one is...moreDon't let the slow start dissuade you from this Helprin masterwork. Although his best work, 'Winter's Tale', has a magical realism angle, this one is grounded in reality, even history, yet still manages to be transcendent as its scope covers the whole of life. The soldier protagonist of the title is an old university professor of Aesthetics (the study of beauty) by the time the book begins, but he tells his epic life story to an illiterate factory worker on a very long walk. Great dialogue betwixt 'em. The actor Edward Norton is a devotee of this book and has been trying to get it adapted into a film for years, but I've heard of no progress.(less)
The very fact that this book is being attacked & misrepresented by so many from the status quo (you Pharisees of today) only highlights its exposu...moreThe very fact that this book is being attacked & misrepresented by so many from the status quo (you Pharisees of today) only highlights its exposure of (sadly uncomfortable, to those whose egos yearn for the eternal exclusion & "conscious torment" of vast majority of the billions of souls that God (according to status quo sadists) created for the sole purpose of torturing them for eternity. The hypocrites attacking Bell, if they would or could analytically examine their own sloppy attacks on 'Love Wins', would be forced to examine their baseless assumption that all they need do is recite the magic word "holiness" to avoid thinking about the (horrific to them) concepts that God is love & God/Love gets what God/Love wants (like the last lost sheep). Why so many haters think that "holiness" is a disembodied, sadistic force stronger than God/Love and that forces God/Love to torture most of the people God loves forever and ever/ever/ever--and why they assume this with no support, just because they were told so by some human--it boggles my mind. Always has.
There are more-academic treatments of these issues out there: The Evangelical Universalist, by (pseudonym) Gregory MacDonald comes to mind. Also, tentmaker.org is a treasure trove of current and century old writings exploring the sadistically heretical "eternal conscious torment" dogma in depth. Read the Unspoken Sermons of the writer who most influenced C.S. Lewis--George MacDonald (Lewis said he knew of no other man "nearer to the heart of Christ" than MacDonald). Read the most influential early church father, Origen. And another early church father, Gregory of Nyssa. (The author of 'The Evangelical Universalist' came up with his pseudonym by adding the 'Gregory' of Gregory of Nyssa to the 'MacDonald' of George MacDonald. Read the 20th Century's most influential theologian, Karl Barth. These are but a few of many other Christian voices from the 2 Millennia "conversation" that Bell is reminding us of. The conversation that terrifies so many of you, indicating weak faith & an interest in preserving the Roman-created, borrowed-from-pagans status quo that is sadly stronger than an interest in Truth (which requires a humble willingness to be open to one's own human fallibility & thus ever open to learning more & more about God, even if major paradigm shifts are required [like the Reformation, as a 'non-threatening' example]).(less)