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From: "Andy Robertson" 
Subject: Re: (urth) DOORS: The Hero, The Otherworld, The Ending
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 16:25:30 -0000

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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 

>> 1. Lewis wasn't a Catholic and would have been very annoyed
>> at you for suggesting he was.

No, he was a Mere Christian.  But he wrote CATHOLIC FABULATION.   Which is
essentially science fiction that presumes the Catholic God really,
objectively, exists, and sort of goes on from there.

>> 2. The Eldila and the Valar are not "local gods"; they're
>>  angelic powers, pure and simple.

Within the constraints of CF this is the only possibility.  There is only
one God.   But the lesser angels start looking like little gods.

You will find that Lewis attributes the term "god" to his Oyarses in full
knowledge of the fact that the medaeval syncretists did exactly the same -
calling each tutelary angel a "god" and identifying it with the classical

It is really illuminating to consider Wolfe's work and in particular his
treatment of "gods" through the prism of Tolkien and Lewis

3. Friday is pretty clearly not a "little god" but God.

Sunday, surely?     Well, maybe you are right there.


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