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Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 21:02:47 +0000 (GMT)
From: Josh Geller 
Subject: Re: (urth) Typhon, Sev, Silk

On Wed, 12 Mar 2003, Roy C. Lackey wrote:

> It has been accepted by most here for a long time that the temptation of
> Severian by Typhon on the mountain mimics that of Jesus by Satan. Although
> Wolfe has maintained that Sev is not a stand-in for Jesus, the fact remains
> that Sev goes on to become a redeemer, of sorts.

This is consonant with orthodox Chriatianity, as I understand it.

Severian is experiencing (perhaps 'is being exerpeinced by' is a more
accurate way to put it) the Mystical Body of Christ. He is thus reflects
an echo or a shadow of Christ, while himself being a seperate person.

In the same sense that (by orthodox Christian thought, as I understand it)
Krishna or Osiris or Dionysus or any of those guys is a foreshadowing of
Christ incarnate in the person of Jesus son of Mary, that is reflects an
echo or shadow behind the point event of the incarnation, Severian
reflects an echo or shadow in whatever time-like direction he is from the
unique Incarnation.

This whole foreshadowing idea is really elegant, I have to say. I don't
know if I am about to incoporate it into my personal view of the World at
all, but it is sort of nifty.



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