A Discussion for *Leibowitz* (Faith and Fiction Roundtable)

A Discussion for *Leibowitz* (Faith and Fiction Roundtable)

The Faith and Fiction Roundtable’s third book of 2011 was the science-fiction classic A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. (reviewed here last week). Wait – a “science-fiction classic” for the Faith and Fiction Roundtable? Science and religion do not have to be opposing forces, although history has shown that they often are. They both offer ways to confront the world’s most complex questions, and the conflicts between them usually arise from a belief that their approaches are mutually exclusive. While that often turns out to be true in practice, I don’t consider that to be strictly necessary myself. Since Miller’s novel follows an order of monks (implied to be some variation of Roman Catholic) that plays a major role in preserving and forwarding secular and scientific knowledge – ultimately becoming involved in space travel – through the centuries following a devastating man-made catastrophe (not stated as nuclear war, but certainly implied), I […]

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