From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) Scylla, Oreb and transmigrational chain yanking Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 17:39:34 +0100 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Straight" > > Look at Hammerstone; he had his basic, factory-issue value system changed by > > an ignorant priest with a screwdriver! Talk about an epiphany! Did that > > augur save that Iron Man's soul with his meddling, or doom him to hell when > > he got some wires crossed? > > Many human beings have biological problems that similarly effect their > behavior. One imagines/hopes that if people of any sort are held > accountable for their actions, God would take that sort of thing into > account. And Wolfe is well aware of the moral side of it. The aggresive approprioation of the mechanical into the divine is on one level an argument against the idea that **humans** are merely mechanical. Humans, **as well as** machines, have free will, hence responsibility, hence authentic moral status. hartshorn One man's half-hearted attempts to belive, repent, and do good > might produce more apparent virtue than the whole-hearted effort of > another, but perhaps God judges the heart. And if grace can forgive > intentional sins, it can forgive acts done under the influence of crossed > wires. > > -Rostrum > > > > > > -- > > --