Monday, 1 August 2016

Religion In Space And Time

For this big topic and major issue, we confine ourselves in this post to one work by CS Lewis, one by SM Stirling and three by Poul Anderson. See also here and here.

Lewis' Elwin Ransom wonders whether he should begin the religious instruction of the Martians, then they start to tell him that:

Maleldil the Young made and still rules the world;
Maleldil is with the Old One;
it is not the Old One's nature to be in any place...

The Martians owe their remarkable religious knowledge to the fact that their author is CS Lewis.

Stirling's Christian Nantuckers discuss the quandary that they are now living before the Incarnation! They decide to federate and evangelize. They comprise:

Episcopalians
Baptists
Congregationalists
Methodists
Unitarians
Quakers
Catholics -

- and there are a few Jews.

Anderson's Jerusalem Catholic Church baptizes aliens and one of them, Fr Axor, seeks evidence for another Incarnation. Anderson's time traveler, Jack Havig, was in Jerusalem on the presumed day of the Crucifixion but we are not told whether he saw Jesus. One Time Patrolman asks, "...how could I in honesty have argued for Christ?" (Time Patrol, p. 404)

I suggest that all times and planets are equidistant from eternity. A Buddhist could meditate as well if transposed a million years into the future or into the past and an extraterrestrial can also meditate if s/he sees any value in it.

1 comment:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    I'm frankly dubious about the Unitarians "federating" with the other Christians of Nantucket. Because Unitarian theology was Arian. That is, it denied the divinity of Christ--and logically, denied the Incarnation.

    Sean

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