Christian Themes

(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Throughout the trilogy, those who become Singerians are shown to undergo an awakening to their negative selves so that they can embrace the Star-Song fully. These negative selves are searching for meaning and connection because they feel lonely and separated from the world, other people, and the forces of Good. Those who reject the Singer, though, instead undergo a false awakening to their desire for power and their ability to manipulate and harm others. In the first two poems hope is offered to even those with the false awakening so that someone like Praxis the Builder can repent before the end of his life.

While the Singer Trilogy is partly an allegory of the New Testament, early Christianity, and apocalyptic beliefs, Miller’s use of this fantasy setting makes the message of separation from God and other people a universal problem. At a few points there are even mentions of other worlds and other galaxies whose people struggle with the question of self-awareness and join the battle between good and evil. These internal battles that the Madman, Praxis, and the Dreamer fight lead to an external war with those who cannot stand to hear the Star-Song.

The Singerians have one form of knowledge, based on self-awakening and the battle between good and evil. Their knowledge is shown as superior to the second type of knowledge, science, discussed at length in the second and third books. Everyman’s reading and the earth-destroying technology of...

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