(urth) [SPAM] Re: [SPAM] Re: Urth before Earth

Jeff Wilson jwilson at io.com
Sat Jul 22 15:24:33 PDT 2006

Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote:
> On 7/21/06, Jeff Wilson <jwilson at io.com> wrote:
>>Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote:
>>>>If there was no Incarnation, who was Crucified?
>>>The son of Joseph and Mary, who was both enlightened
>>>and possessed by the Outsider.
>>How can we tell the difference?
> Since it's fiction, we don't have to 8*)
> Frankly, I think Wolfe kind of wrote himself into a
> corner here -- by having Urth's history _so_ parallel to
> Earths, he put himself in a position where there _had_
> to be something indistinguishable from the Christian
> Church. But the Incarnation has to be an _utterly_
> unique event (says Christian theology). 

Revelations provides for at least a second Incarnation. Meanwhile, the 
scripturally unique Flood *is* duplicated by the author.

 > So the "man
 > possessed and enlightened by the Outsider" who winds
 > up getting crucified (in Silk's vision) is historically
 > indistinguishable from the Theoanthropos...

That sounds too close to a suggestion that belief in Christ's divine 
nature is unnecessary to have been intentional on Gene Wolfe's part.

Jeff Wilson - jwilson at io.com
< http://www.io.com/~jwilson >

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