Summer reading

I’m about halfway through “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. The title character, Piscine Molitor Patel, (incidentally, named after a swimming pool and shortened his name to Pi, after multiple unfortunate name-calling episodes in school), “belongs” to three religions (Hunduism, Christianity, and Islam) despite repeated attempts by his parents and various priests to persuade him that is impossible. Apparently the three religions will become more significant at some point in the book – or so I’m told – but for now, these quotes are thought-provoking:


Once a dead God, always a dead God, even resurrected. The Son must have the taste of death forever in his mouth. The Trinity mustbe tainted by it; there must be a certain stench at the right hand of God the Father. The horror must be real. Why would God with that upon Himself? Why not leave death to the mortals? Why make dirty what is beautiful, spoil what is perfect?

Love. That was Father Martin’s answer. (52)


Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if he burst out from the Cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. (28 )


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