Author: Lockerbie, Bruce
Genre: Theology - General
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Tags: Thinking / Reading

Lockerbie is a British author and literary critic. In this book he shows how the British and American authors over the last two hundred years have dismissed God from the accepted literary circles. It is interesting to read how people such as Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others ended their search for God in despair. There are also some bright spots. I enjoyed knowing more about Herman Melville and his symbolism in Moby Dick (of which the recent TV version is a typical rewrite). Melville knew and admired Emerson (though Emerson was an unbeliever) for his literary skill. Upon hearing him give a scholarly speech, Melville, the sailor and whaler, wrote, “I love all men who dive. Any fish can swim near the surface, but it takes a great whale to go down stairs five miles or more; and if he don’t attain the bottom, why, all the lead in Galena can’t fashion the plummet that will.” The book is worth the time.

 

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