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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule


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Non practicing quasi-pagan agnostic hi five!

I like this answer. The media get in the habit of opposing things -- evolution and religion being only one example. But they don't have that much to do with one another. Evolution is something we've discovered via of observation -- as is specifically evolution by natural selection.

Religion, OTOH, is all about things we cannot know or not know (unlikely things, from the point of view of what we've generally observed, but that doesn't mean they're true, just that we don't have evidence for them). Of course, sometimes religion makes predictions about things that are observable; after all, most of the world's religions came into being before we were as good at observing as we are now. How a religion reacts to their predictions being proved wrong always tells us some interesting things about the people in that religion.

Of course, since you created the world, you -could- give the people of Fairieland definitive knowledge about things that we now consider unobservable (like, say, the presence of absence of a creator god or gods). But I think the work is stronger without it (and more universal).

I could. But I really couldn't, because I am me, and Fairyland is a delicate thing which will end up affecting how children think. I want them to see more complexity, not less, and that's part of what I think I have to give, with my children's books.

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