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Towing Jehovah by James K. Morrow
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Sep 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: christianity, epic, fiction, fantasy, humanism, humor, judaism, mythology, religion, sf, satire
Recommended for: Jose Tirado
Read in September, 2009 , read count: 1

Good book for a Religious Themes in Science Fiction-type course. What if Nietzsche's famous statement that "God is dead" was literally true? What if the Creator --- the two-mile tall, bearded, bephallused, vertebrate, bipedal Creator --- died of unknown causes and plunged into the sea? Would atheists see God's death as a victory or a failure (since His death means He really existed in the first place)? Would women see the death of the patriarchal Abrahamic God as a case of just deserts or would the fact that the male Creator WAS the prototypical human ("Man") lead to even worse times for women the world over? These are some of angles from which Morrow probes the theme of the death of God. The epic quality and maritime context echo *Moby Dick* and make for a compelling read. (It also didn't hurt that I read it as a break from the Aeneid, and so blazed through it in a couple sittings.)

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