Tuesday, June 17, 2003

More summer reading

I'm now halfway through the second book by Mary Doria Russell, Children of God. I haven't read much science fiction, but I came across an interview with Russell on Metanexus and was intrigued by the themes of her books. My local library branch happened to have both of them. (The Sparrow is the first book.) Russell explores questions of theodicy and coincidence vs. divine intention/intervention. She pushes the question of suffering for God or nought to the limit, and very explicitly.

However, I'm enjoying the story and characters, as well as the theological grapplings.

P. S. What kind of spell checker doesn't recognize the word "theodicy"?

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