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Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 20:26:32 -0700
Subject: Re: (urth) Clones and Old Suns and paving pagans 
From: Don Doggett 

On Tuesday, September 9, 2003, at 11:00 AM, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote:

> Wolfe, especially in the Latro (Latin, "I worship") books seems to
> be suggesting that the pagan gods were real beings, and that
> perhaps to worship them prior to knowing the Christian God was
> not in itself evil, and may even "pave the way" for accepting the
> One God; but that they are, nonetheless, self-serving spirits -
> which in a Christian context makes them demons.
> Lewis, in several novels but especially the "Space Trilogy" and his
> final (and finest) novel, _Till We Have Faces_, seems to suggest
> that the pagan gods may be angelic beings or reflections of
> the One God, sent, as you suggest, to "pave the way" for
> belief in, and so knowingly serving, the One God.
> A significant difference, neh?

Indeed.  It's easy for me to slip into generalities when I just pound 
out a reply on the old demon box.  I blame a lifetime of television, 
something I plan to spend the last two thirds of my life (God willing) 


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