Death of God

Religion plays a large part in the lives of most people. What role, if any, does religion play in science fiction?

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Death of God

Postby Brightonian » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:59 am

I can think of three instances where the Judaeo-Christian God dies or is killed in speculative fiction:

- Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
- Garth Ennis, Alamo (from the Preacher comic-book series)
- BBC TV miniseries, The Second Coming

Any others?
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Re: Death of God

Postby Malcontent » Sat May 28, 2011 4:33 pm

If this is a topic that you find especially interesting you really have to read the Godhead Trilogy by James Morrow.

In Towing Jehova, the Judeo-Christian god has died and fallen into the Atlantic. The protagonist is a disgraced oil tanker captain the Vatican contracts to go out and tow the Dei's corpse north to a tomb carved out of the ice. The second volume, Blameless in Abbadon is a really interesting exercise in theodicy, putting God's corpse on trial for crimes against humanity. The final volume, The Eternal Footman, is an examination of what the world may look like in the transition phase from being wholly reliant on a spiritual explanation of the world to a human-directed independence (Think Durkheim's final phase of religious evolution). I really like all his stuff, but this particular trilogy is right on point for you.

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Re: Death of God

Postby admin » Sun May 29, 2011 7:10 am

The dead body of God floating in the Atlantic would have no effect on most of the faithful, just as the beliefs of end-of-the-world cultists are not shaken in the least when the world fails to end on the predicted date.
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