Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Two Biblical References

See here.

"What is man, that thou art mindful of him-?" (The Man-Kzin Wars, p. 77)

This verse gave Asimov an appropriate robot story title.

"'You win, you Judas...'" (p. 137)

Markham, here accused of treachery, had called Christianity "'A religion for slaves.'" (p. 44) Nevertheless, the Bible is part of us: no one wants to be called Judas or Pontius Pilate although we might identify with Doubting Thomas or Barabbas?

More on Markham later. Lunch and a walk now. Brevity is the soul of wit (I hope).

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Thanks for the flattering linking of your blog piece to my own article "A Note On Anderson's Use Of The Bible." And the Biblical allusions you found in Anderson's contributions to Larry Niven's Man/Kzin Wars series shows how incomplete was my listing of Anderson's citations from the Bible! (Smiles)

Poul Anderson "officially" called himself an agnostic, but certain texts in his later works makes me wonder if he was finally convinced God is real. And he certainly treated honest religious believers with respect. Plus, he SEEMS to have leaned most to Catholic Christianity, as novels and stories like THREE HEARTS AND THREE LIONS and "Kyrie" indicates.

Anderson's use of the Bible seems almost unique among SF and F writers. I simply can't recall many, if any, other writers (aside from Anthony Boucher) using the Bible so easily and naturally. And that includes even SF/F authors who believe in God (such as Jerry Pournelle).

And, yes, Biblical images, metaphors, analogies, similes, etc., continues to be naturally known and understood in Western nations. Almost everyone understands what a "doubting Thomas" is, for example.