What does the novel say about humanity’s relationship to religion? What sort of god is Halliday, creator of the OASIS universe?

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The idea of traditional religion in the novel Ready Player One is somewhat ridiculous. While there are people who spend all of their time in OASIS churches listening to sermons, it is the OASIS itself that has become a religion.

At first, it may seem that Halliday is a benevolent deity. He creates an Eden in which anything is possible. It is basically free to use, and its possibilities are limitless. The fact that the quest begins on Ludus suggests that the rules of this Eden are based on merit. Merit is earned through nostalgia for a simpler time—when the world was not environmentally brutalized, poverty-stricken, and desperate.

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