Thursday, 10 November 2016

Varied Reading

All reading, however varied and chaotic, can somehow be related to Poul Anderson. After rereading the opening chapters of Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice, I collected a copy of The Myth Of God Incarnate (see here) from the Public Library.

In CS Lewis' Ransom Trilogy, Maleldil, Who created the universe,was born as a hnau (rational animal) in Thulcandra (on Earth);

in Poul Anderson's The Game Of Empire, Fr Axor seeks evidence of another Incarnation elsewhere in the galaxy;

the authors of The Myth Of God Incarnate argue that Peter and Paul proclaimed Jesus not as God Incarnate but as a man raised up by God.

Thus, of Anderson's characters, Dominic Flandry connects with James Bond and Axor connects with CS Lewis and John Hick. Poul Anderson is a universal author.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And other authors, of course, deny the arguments used by the contributors to THE MYTH OF GOD. The late Fr. Raymond Brown, who was the greatest Catholic Biblical scholar of the second half of the 20th century, defended and argued for belief in the divinity and Incarnation of Christ in his AN INTRODUCTION TO NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTOLOGY. Also, to paraphrase something I think CS Lewis made in MERE CHRISTIANITY, the Gospels report Our Lord as doing and saying things that made sense ONLY if He was either God incarnate or a madman.

And there has been speculations in real life by Christians who wondered if Christ might have become Incarnate to other races. So, Fr. Axor's quest in THE GAME OF EMPIRE makes sense.