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A Canticle for Leibowitz

The eye is symbolic of the poet's conscience, as explained in an excerpt from this article by Mark McVann: The poet-sirrah is plagued by his glass eye, which symbolizes conscience, and not only his...

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One example of how religious inspiration can create a culture-saving alternative community is in the awakening of Rachel. It is Rachel who comes to life just at the moment when a priest is in need...

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Miller does not ever directly speak of progressivism in this novel. He does critique two strong planks within progressive ideas and movements. Progressives have long been strong proponents of the...

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I think that the fundamental question that is posed in the novel is whether or not one has faith in human beings to avoid the problems of the past and not repeat it. The premise offered is that...

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While the Cold War is over, we still live in the Nuclear Age—and we forever will since we know how to split the atom, unless we blow ourselves back to the ignorance of the Stone Age—and so the...

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One of the general tenants of St. Augustine's (354-430) worldview was that of a linear historical process -- that the Divine plan for Mankind would unfold as it would, directed by the divinity....

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If you take the definition of science fiction to be something like fantasy but still bound at least loosely by scientific principles as they are currently understood, much of the larger plot...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2010, 10:19 pm (UTC)

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