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The book gets much, much worse as I go on. I had to start skimming around page 130.

Everyone who hears Neo's message is gobsmacked and won over, with no apparent criteria beyond 'does it seem plausible to me.'

Neo continues his story with an interpretation of Noah, and the analogies flow:

"As I told Kerry last week, there are a number of ancient versions of the story. I think it reflects one of the greatest fears of ancient people. You move from being hunter-gatherers and animal herders to farmers who gather around cities, and where do you settle? In the fertile, flat river valleys, where the best farmland is. And when the floods come, your whole world is destroyed. Water seems to represent a kind of archetypal chaos, and the ancient Jews seem to realize that if we live apart from our true story as creatures in God's creation, creatures who are free to learn and grow and advance but always need to respect their limits as creatures in God's creation, if we disconnect from our story and promote ourselves to autonomous, godlike status so we can write our own story in our own way, apart from God, apart from moral limits, then a flood of chaos overtakes us."

Kerry said, "It's a little bit like Glen's coffee a while ago. When it's in the cup, it's good, it's OK. But when it spills out of its limits, we have a mess. And so human beings get out of control. We get out of our story. I think I have a name for episode two."

...

"Crisis."



Seriously, if you're going to import that much stuff, why even bother with the bible? You could do it with Tolkien or Dr. Seus or anything.

Of course, all of this is so amazingly well asserted that no one can resist its charms.


Glenn pretended to hit his forehead with his hand. "Wow. I never thought religion...or whatever you call this...I never thought all this talk about God or the Bible could have anything to do with me and my life's work. This is...amazing. And kind of disturbing too."

"Why do you say disturbing, amigo?" Kerry asked.

"I dont know," Glenn answered. "It's just that I've been pretty successful at keeping all this stuff relegated to...you know...fairy tales, myths, superstitions, ignorance. But in this light, I feel kind of ignorant myself. Note the date and time, my friends. This doesn't happen often."

...

Glenn continued. "You know, I've never really thought much about this stuff before. I mean, I always saw religion as a bunch of doctrines that people argue about, or rituals that they use to keep themselves from feeling lonely or small in the big bad universe, or dogmas and scare tactics that they use to keep the unruly masses in line. I never...I never thought of religion as a story of the universe before. And I certainly never considered whether it could be the true...uh, I mean, a true one." Then, turning to Neo, with a big smile, he said, "Thanks, Neo. You've messed up my whole life."


It continues to get worse from there. Kerry asks to be baptised in an emotional scene, her son comes to visit and after one visit to the church becomes a believer...no one feels any need to challenge any part of HOW the pastors know any of these things. One night watching infomercials or a couple of spam emails would bankrupt all of these characters.

50 more pages to go, if I can make it.
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