Even before I finished listening to the audiobook of Orson Scott Card’s novel Xenocide, I knew I was going to find and share this quote. Doing so was easy, since others had found it worth sharing before me.
I appreciate the sentiment, and it is one that is theologically rich. Unlike many of humanity’s most classic and best-known depictions of the divine, a real God (whatever that might mean) ought not to be threatened by humans and so feel the need to compel obedience and worship, but would instead generously seek our own progress in the direction of that which they are. Of course, in the context of Card’s own tradition (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) deities are not static but a potential that all beings can hope to achieve.
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You can read the larger context of the quote here. See also my previous blog post about whether statements by characters in novels should be attributed to authors in...