Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Concepts And Associations
comparisons with several very different works by Poul Anderson;
theology and philosophy all the way back to Genesis;
but also current and perennial political issues;
HG Wells is always relevant.
To readers of Anderson and Stirling, I say: enjoy the action, speculation, imagination, extrapolation, prose and characters and think about the issues. Stirling's characters include Catholics and Wiccans. What are the implications of these theologies? Note that Catholics can be as different as Anderson's Nicholas van Rijn and Fr Axor, Stirling's anti-Pope Leo and his warrior Benedictines. Don't think they're all the same. If you do not share their beliefs, what do you believe and why? Not everyone speaks of "belief" - that is a Western Christian way of putting it - but everyone does have some kind of world-view even if unexamined. The texts not only present credible Catholic characters but also ask moral and philosophical questions. Thus, discussion of these questions can be part of our appreciation of the texts. I want to know who wins the Protector's War but also to think about how many gods there are.