As the biblical Tribulation begins, and even as world disasters increase in frequency and strength, Jeff Hale, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, remains an unrepentant skeptic. His only concerns are to educate his students, resolve his romantic ambivalence, and come to terms with the death of his estranged, fundamentalist father. Yet, even after religious and political forces align themselves against him, he will become the focal point of events unparalleled in the history of the universe.
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After reading the first two reviews, I have to say that I agree with the post on May 29th. I found this novel to be unique in plot and mental stimulation. Some sections made me laugh and some brought tears to my eyes. The characters were well developed and the story was well written. I've read many novels, but never one so multifaceted and thought provoking. I found in it a special treat; When read with an eye for symbolism, the depth can be fathomless. I understand how the trial that takes place in the second part can make some readers a bit uncomfortable, but I found it engrossing, humorous in places, and it paved a straight and solid road to the most interesting chapter (at least for me), "Dining with the Gods". I give this book five stars because of its uniqueness, its understandable philosophy, its audacity to boldly question ideas of justice and love, and its very imaginative and wonderful conclusion. I wish the story's conclusion would come true!
An atheist (agnostic) has the opportunity to confront ‘God’ over the alleged neglect and harm of his human creation. This is an interesting premise for a book with the potential to be thought provoking. Unfortunately, the story was very one dimensional and fell well short of this potential. The first half of the book focused on the main characters explaining their personal journeys to atheism. The plot line that focused on the potential Armageddon destruction of the world was lost in this atheist love-fest. I also found it annoying that all religious believers were lumped together as fundamentalist extremists. It is not a believable position that ALL practitioners of ALL religions are hate mongers, and that the existence of ALL religion will lead to the destruction of society. The second half of the book also lacked depth. ‘God’ is placed on trial for his sins against man. I find it unbelievable that the former most powerful being in existence, would sit meekly trough a trial without offering a plausible defense to the charges brought against him or demanding credit for the good he brought into the world. It is apparent that the author has a deep understanding of philosophy, and religious teachings. It is unfortunate that he chose to present the story solely from his point of view. It would have been a much more interesting story had the author created an antagonistic character to offer credible challenges to the beliefs of the main character and had he given the God character more self-righteous indignation. The eventual verdict would have carried more power had the charges against ‘God’ been challenged. I do not have a deity based belief system but still found the lack of plausible counterpoint to be the primary weakness of this book. I suggest a revison with stronger antagonistic characters.
This is a must read book! Once I started I couldn't hardly put it down...a real page turner. I have read religious fiction before but this is definitely a twist to all the others out there. I have never seen or read a book like this one before. Wow, this author has quite an imagination on an atheist meeting God and Satan. I give this book five stars for originality and never a dull moment.