What are the topics of The Broken Globe by Henry Kreisel?

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The Broken Globe highlights tensions between science and religion and between modern education and traditional ways of viewing the universe and our relation to God.

The story also highlights generational and cultural divides within families and the challenges associated with reconciling differences and acknowledging the point of view of your opponents even if you do not agree with them.

William Shannon, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Athabasca, describes the conflict between Nick Solchuk and his father in terms of their different worldviews. Nick is a renowned physicist, and his father is a deeply religious individual preferring the worldview of the Medieval Church. Mr. Shannon points out that Nick Solchuk and his father have distanced themselves from each other and have not made the effort to accept or understand the other's worldview because it is a threat to their identities.

Yet, the moderator appears to have trouble remaining objective and mending the bridge between father and son and between those who embrace change and uncertainty with those who seek the comfort of traditions.

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