Reviews

A beautifully told story with colorful characters out of epic tradition, a tight and complex plot, and solid pacing. -- Booklist, starred review of On the Razor's Edge

Great writing, vivid scenarios, and thoughtful commentary ... the stories will linger after the last page is turned. -- Publisher's Weekly, on Captive Dreams

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thank You

h/t Gary Armitage, who posted this on his Facebook page

10 comments:

  1. Is there anything worse than ingratitude?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That might depend on what kind of ingratitude.

      And on what kind of gratitude was being expected on what grounds.

      Delete
  2. Dear Mr. Flynn:

    How would you respond to this sort of thinking:

    "Science and reason are SUBSTITUTIVE and ELIMINATIVE: new ideas replace old ideas. Religion is ADDITIVE and/or SCHISMATIC: news ide as proliferate alongside old ideas. For instance, the development of Protestantism did not put an end to Catholicism, and the development of Christianity did not put an end to Judaism. With science, we get BETTER. With religion, we get MORE. (The emphasis is NOT mine)"

    Please ignore the implicit scientism: to point that out is too easy. What I'm asking, since you're more knowledgable on science and the history of science, is whether the author's understanding of science is even correct.

    Thank you.

    Christi pax.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So your friend is saying in effect that whatever the current science is, it is probably wrong?

      Delete
    2. The person I'm discussing this with is actually quoting a Dr. David Eller, who is apparently a cultural anthropology (http://infidels.org/kiosk/author/david-eller-473.html).

      The responder and the doctor seem to be using the "all religion are really all the same" response to dismiss all religion (you would think such a thing, if true, would actually validate religion instead of cause one to reject it).

      I guess I can just post the whole post: http://www.strangenotions.com/the-appropriate-reaction-to-a-physical-theory-of-life/#comment-2040626596

      Thank you for the response.

      Christi pax.

      Delete
    3. Uh...any cultural anthropologist who thinks "all religions" are the same type of thing that Christianity is, is stealing his paychecks. Buddhism is arguably the only other game in town; everything else is concerned only with the luck and upright behavior necessary to worldly happiness, and leaves the existential questions of the cosmos absolutely unanswered.

      Delete
    4. I think my intellectual sparing opponent would respond that some of our science is probably wrong, and new correct ideas will eventually replace the incorrect ones.

      Christi pax.

      Delete
  3. On the subject of "Thank You", thank you for writing, Mr. Flynn. I have countless happy evenings of reading to be grateful to you for.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Just on the note of context: is there some quote from a formerly famous comedy involved where a divorce ends by reconciliation after wife burgles into "ex-husband's" house?

    Or what?

    ReplyDelete