(urth) Damn filthy Hiero-wasp-creatures
lhaygood at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 10:09:45 PST 2008
Remember that Wolfe uses narrators to tell his story -- unreliable
ones. Anything written in the narrative voice should be taken to be
the thought of the narrator, not necessarily Wolfe himself. That, and
Catholicism isn't necessarily a monolithic edifice of thought. I can
certainly see where various philosophical and theological schools
influence the "mythology" of Wolfe's works, as it were. I don't think
Wolfe intends to endorse these as a proper system of belief so much as
he uses them to make his works interesting and meaningful.
On Jan 8, 2008, at 11:47 AM, Steven wrote:
> I've just started Pirate Freedom and have been having similar,
> though more confused thoughts about GW's 'real' religious thought.
> It's hard for me to square a number of items in his many books with
> his professed Catholicism. Normally, I'd just say: Well, the
> author is a fantasist and has a writing persona and then,
> separately, there's his real life feelings. But GW seems to
> purposefully entwine the two and it makes me wonder at the value he
> places on belief. Or am I just a dupe, falling for the seeming
> veritas of his writing?
> Any thoughts? I'm a Spinozist myself and have no ax to grind in
> the dogma wars.
> On Jan 8, 2008, at 1:37 AM, Roy C. Lackey wrote:
>> If Wolfe's work is any indicator of his
>> religious leanings, he seems to regard the concept of religious
>> sacrifice in
>> a favorable light.
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