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From: "Chris" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Typhon, Sev, Silk
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 06:20:37 +0000

I tend to agree, though for not quite the same reasons.

Christ is essentially what you could call the complete package: the 
successful integration of all of the messianic attributes into the ultimate 
man. Severian doesn't seem on his way to Christ-consciousness, however. 
Rather, he seems to exemplify given attributes and not others; he is the 
right answer to the given circumstances/problems of the world at the time, 
but not for all problems at all times. He is the virtuous destroyer who 
clears away the old to create the new, but if you choose a different 
spiritual "axis", if you will, Severian tends to be more or less neutral and 
not especially inclined to become otherwise.


Matt said:
>I think you're off base here.  Wolfe is presenting Severian as a human 
>being who is in the process of becoming more Christ-like (i.e. as a 
>Christian).  Severian's arrest occurs near the beginning of his journey, if 
>I'm remembering correctly.  His actions at the arrest remind me more of St. 
>Peter at Gethsemane than of Christ.
>If Wolfe is indeed the Catholic he claims to be, regarding Christ as a wimp 
>would pose something of a problem of faith.

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