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From: "Nigel Price" 
Subject: (urth) Yes he is! No he isn't! Yes he is...
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 15:29:06 -0000

Also Sprach Zibethicus:

>>Nothwithstanding this, I think that my
>>point about retaining a cautious distinction
>>between theological and fictional intentions
>>is still, possibly, a partially valid one.

I've always been fascinated by the perplexing business of what Wolfe
actually believes and what he puts into his stories simply because he
happens to find it interesting.

When I first encountered his books and before I knew anything about Wolfe
the man, I remember thinking, "Gosh, I wonder whether the person who wrote
this is a Christian?" Looking at the evidence as I read first TBotNS and
then FLF and various other volumes, I was alternately going to myself, "Yes,
he must be!" and "No! He can't be!"

I know a little more about Wolfe now, but I still don't think I've got to
the bottom of the matter. It's complicated. He genuinely seems to like
playing about with odd theological ideas that he's come across, teasing out
their implications and extrapolating them very much in the way that more
traditional SF authors treat speculative scientific and technological ideas.
As a typically uptight and repressed Protestant Evangelical, Wolfe's
dabbling with speculative philosophical and theological ideas makes my
(admittedly scant) hair stand on end. =:O)> Of course, just because Wolfe
puts an idea in one of his stories doesn't necessarily mean that he thinks
that it's true.

But then again, he just might. By his own account, Wolfe is not entirely
orthodox in his Catholicism. I know about some of his individual quirks and
eccentricities, but by no means all. Contributors to this list sometimes
say, "Wolfe is a Catholic and therefore he believes such and such," or
"Wolfe is a Christian and therefore believes this thing and that." When I
read such assertions, I'm usually sitting there mumbling, "Maybe," and

For the record, my guess is that "Westwind" and "The Detective of Dreams"
are among the most explicit fictional expressions of Wolfe's personal faith.
But I could be wrong...



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