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    Re: Literature in the Flanaess - Philosophy (Score: 1)
    by GVDammerung on Tue, May 24, 2005
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    Hi Crag,

    The Ur-Flan and the Rationalists arrive by different paths at a very similar point.

    The gods of GH are real but the exact nature of their "divinity" is what drives the Rationalists. Are they truly "divine?" Or are they just very powerful beings on a greater order of magnitude?

    In GH, gods can "die." Mortals can become gods. Etc. The Rationalists look at such phenomenon and see gods as not truly "divine" in an absolute sense.

    The intellectual opposition is not to religion, per se, but to unquestioning faith, particularly in beings who appears as mortal beings only writ large. Faith stands in opposition to Rationalist thought because the latter dares question the "divinity" in which so much faith is vested.

    Harmonizing rational thought and faith is, at best, an uneasy compromise. Fundamentally, the two impulses are too distinct, particularly when the "divine" in GH is so capable of being rationally understood and in a way that allows for mortals to become "gods." Allegience to a god? That's one thing. Faith? That's another.

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