Knowledge of Angels Paperback – 1995
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What is most striking in this novel is not the arguments for or against the existence of God--although Palinor's rebuttal and repartee are incisive and excellent fodder for further thought. The most beautiful theme in the story, one which drives the whole adventure, is the friendship between Cardinal Severo, Palinor the atheist and Beneditx the theologian. And this is in spite of their theological-ideological differences. All three love the truth. And because they place intellectual integrity above their own beliefs they respect and love one another. That is the common ground that precedes and supersedes their respective theologies, that unites these men ... and seal their fate.
It is such a utopian paradigm for what it could be for us--a communion of humans subordinating even our most cherished worldviews to a more transcendent principle of love of truth and understanding. The love that binds these three men is nothing less than godlike. If Christians, atheists, agnostics, Muslims, New Agers, ... could come together and live and converse and relate with one another with but half the integrity and intensity these three do then God may yet commit the sin of envy and ask to be invited into our community.
In the end Palinor's apothegm 'Things just are' wins the day but his sagacity and integrity earn him not an eager congregation but Grandinsula's villagers gathered to see him literally go up in smoke.Read more ›
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I read this book about 15 years ago and loved it, so to read it again I was not disappointed with the philosophical questions she raises and the great story telling. Read morePublished 9 months ago by annabel Stanley
Gripping! Walsh presents a fictional application of some of the great philosophers such as Augustine, and Boethius. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2013 by Agnes
Religious, agnostic, or atheist, you should read this book. Jill Walsh writes with a literary flair I have not seen before or since, and the characters she creates are people you... Read morePublished on June 2 1998 by email@example.com
Knowledge of Angels is the most compelling read I have ever had. I literally could not put it down. This is the most well writen and thought provoking book I have found- I... Read morePublished on May 6 1998