Monday, 16 May 2016
Faith, Food And Freedom
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The King Of Ys: Gallicenae (Grafton Books, London, 1988), Chapter XV, section 3, p. 340.
What a poor response! We understand a very great deal and have learned a great deal more in one and a half millennia. It is we who make moral judgments, not any other species. Opinions do not warrant punishment and no finite offense warrants an infinite punishment. In the unlikely event that there is a hereafter, it needs to be an opportunity to learn more. Am I guilty of hubris, dictating to a deity what kind of hereafter He should provide? If so, then I should experience the consequences of hubris and will learn from that.
There are street Evangelicals with whom dialogue is impossible. However, Gratillonius and Corentinus manage to have "...generally amicable arguments..." (ibid.) Meanwhile, a young Christian trader is overwhelmed by everything in Ys:
the sea wall;
its frieze of fabulous creatures;
fantastically shaped roofs;
women equal to men;
free servants working for pay;
the food at the hostel -
- marinated mussels;
leeks cooked in chicken broth;
plaice fried with thyme and watercress;
bread with hazlenuts baked in;
a serving wench glancing and smiling at young Aulus -
- then an invitation to the palace and meetings with King Gratillonius and Princess Dahut!