A Case of Conscience

A Case of Conscience

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Father Ruiz-Sanchez is a dedicated man--a priest who is also a scientist, and a scientist who is also a human being. He has found no insoluble conflicts in his beliefs or his ethics . . . until he is sent to Lithia. There he comes upon a race of aliens who are admirable in every way except for their total reliance on cold reason; they are incapable of faith or belief.

Confronted with a profound scientific riddle and ethical quandary, Father Ruiz-Sanchez soon finds himself torn between the teachings of his faith, the teachings of his science, and the inner promptings of his humanity. There is only one solution: He must accept an ancient and unforgivable heresy--and risk the futures of both worlds . . .

Baker & Taylor
A priest confronts his inner demons when he is sent to a planet whose inhabitants rely on reason, rendering them incabable of faith or irrational belief of any kind. Original.

Publisher: New York : Del Ray Impact, 2000
Edition: 1st Impact ed
ISBN: 9780345438355
0345438353
Branch Call Number: SF BLISH
Characteristics: ix, 242 p. ; 22 cm

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Jun 15, 2012

This book gets off to a slow start. The first third of the consists, primarily, of a debate over what should be done with the planet of Lithia. But it somehow passes quickly, and we are left facing the aftermath of a poor decision and a crisis for Earth.
And of course, we're left to wonder about the ambiguity of religion, and the force of it's morality, delivered by an agnostic fascinated by religion.

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