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Hell is the Absence of God by Ted Chiang
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it was amazing
bookshelves: philosophy, sci-fi, 2000s

Ted Chiang is great at crafting worlds which function by different fundamental rules. This adheres wonderfully to that expectation. This is like as if an atheist had written C S Lewis' "The Great Divorce". Religion is objectively and obviously real. God is omnipotent, demands love, is not just or merciful, but is benevolent sometimes. Hell exists, but is not much different from Earth in most respects. The story follows the actions of a non-devout man who was married to a devout woman. She was (spoilers) brutally killed in an angel visitation, and went to heaven. Now the only way for him to ever see her again is to genuinely love her murderer-- God.

Anyway just read/listen to it. Tt its really short and its awesome. Audio version is free on podcastle:

If you'd prefer a .mobi text version and cant find one, PM me.
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Finished Reading
January 22, 2012 – Shelved
January 22, 2012 – Shelved as: philosophy
January 22, 2012 – Shelved as: sci-fi
July 13, 2016 – Shelved as: 2000s

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