Saturday, 28 May 2016

The People Of The Transition

Evirion Baltisi, young Ysan sea captain says:

"'Christ must be real, and strong. Look how He's winning everywhere. For me it's like - like being a barbarian warrior whose chief betrayed him. Another, more powerful chief offers me a berth. Very well, I'll take it, with thanks, and be loyal.'"
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The Dog And The Wolf, Chapter VIII, section 2, p. 155.

A fine upstanding chap! These are pagan reasons for conversion to Christ, typical of a transitional period. The next generation will think differently when there is no longer any question of the existence of other Gods. Later in the same conversation, Evirion says:

"'You're wrong, man, about there being no Gods - or demons, or whatever it is yonder...'" (p. 157)

The Beings are still present but their status is changing even in the course of a single sentence. Evirion has heard the siren sing and has even bargained with her for his life. (section 1, p. 136) Later, she will be exorcised by a minister of Christ.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

As you said, Evirion Baltisi's reasons for becoming a Christian are regrettably pagan or opportunistic. It would take several generations, I agree, for Christianity to really "sink in."