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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:28 am    Post subject: Re: Religious Fiction  Reply with quote

Lexilogio wrote:
My son has just discovered Philip Pullman - and he clearly enjoys reading books (as I do), which have aspects of religion or religious belief. For example, I love "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter Miller, and even the Dune series - for it's depiction of the rise and fall of a religious cult.

Equally - I'm very fond of the Narnia series (although I didn't like The Last Battle), and I adored Pilgrim's Progress as a kid.

So - does anyone else read fiction with religious under / over tones?


A friendly word of warning to anybody considering reading "Ben Hur".

The film ends half way through the book .

I am not joking .
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just read a review which raved about this recently published book:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Plain-Man...en-Post-Reformation/dp/0199216509

At 30 it's not cheap - but is supposed to be very entertaining - particularly the section on insults hurled at clergymen in the middle ages.

I think it's interesting in that it apparently shows that the ordinary person in the Middle Ages didn't simply accept what they were told, and although religious belief, and religious fervour, was far higher than now - this wasn't a purely passive population.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose one could claim the Bible is largely a work of fiction!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

floopowder wrote:
I suppose one could claim the Bible is largely a work of fiction!


One could "claim" anything.

I could claim that the sun does not rise every day. And with a decent lawyer, I'd probably be able to prove it too  


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