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The Tower of Babel
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019
The book itself is well written. The story and characters are good. The world building is superb but I'm giving it 4 stars rather than 5 because it seems like the entire trilogy is intended to criticize Christianity except that the author gets it wrong.
When you get quotes like:
"I thought physics could be done to the glory of God, till I saw there wasn't any God at all and that physics was more interesting anyway. The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all." (Location 6025)
You get the real reason that the author is writing. Not to tell a story but to criticize a caricature of Christianity. Unfortunately, what he's attacking isn't Christian (or even Biblical). The Magisterium is not the Catholic church, his angels aren't the angels of the Bible, and his "God" isn't the God that Christians worship.
"The Authority, God, the Creator, the Lord, Yahweh, El, Adonai, the King, the Father, the Almighty -- those were all names he gave himself. He was never the creator. He was an angel like ourselves -- the first angel, true, the most powerful, but he was formed of Dust as we are..." (Location 580)
The author isn't describing God but a convenient straw man that he can criticize.
The theology of the book (series), like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, is a highly skewed exaggeration of "Christianity" that is then very easy for the story to criticize. This is basically the Tower of Babel except that that the "god" and the "church" of the books isn't at all like Christianity (well, it may resemble certain aspects of *medieval* Roman Catholicism like the Inquisition but not historical Christianity as a whole) and therefore just falls apart. It almost sounds like wishful thinking on the part of the author of an otherwise entertaining set of books.