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user-inactivated  ·  334 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Book Discussion: A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Did I miss something? Is my lack of knowledge of religion preventing me from "seeing" the witty and insightful nature of this story?

Maybe? I'll admit that the story sounds relatively superficial. It sounds like though, that you're kind of frustrated that The Abbot meets an abrupt end before "finding an answer." I have a reply kind of focused around that frustration, but it's a bit of a tangent. Would you mind if I shared?

goobster  ·  333 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Please do!

Check out my response to JohnnyFive, too. It covers some of my dissatisfaction with the story...

user-inactivated  ·  333 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Um, if it's alright with you, I wrote a tangent last night and then edited it and then it became a bit of a tangent and now it kind of doesn't fit. So, I'm kind of thinking of cleaning it up, getting some quotations, and making a thread out of it. If I finish it, and if you want, I can give you a shout out so you know when it's posted?

In the mean time, have you ever heard of a man named Wilfred Cantwell Smith? He wrote a book called The Meaning and End of Religion in which he argues a lot of things. I can’t speak to it personally, as it’s on my reading list and I'm trying to get a copy of it, but from what I’ve heard of him and the book, it sounds like he has some interesting things to say, and I think he might approach the subject from some angles you'd appreciate.