The Fall of Hyperion

I finished reading The Fall of Hyperion today. I found its continuation of the theological explorations begun in Hyperion deeply satisfying. Although certain ‘mysteries’ revealed at the end of each book could be foreseen by attentive readers, I much prefer that to the Angels and Demons approach of writing a mystery and then contriving a reason on the final pages why the least likely character was the murderer.

But I found the theological twists and turns to be genuinely thrilling. One example (which I think I can share without it being a real spoiler) is when a character who had been reflecting on the story of Abraham and Isaac since the first book concludes that, in that famous instance, Abraham was testing God rather than vice versa.

There are even more interesting theological explorations (many of them inspired by “St. Teilhard”), but to reveal them would indeed give away plot elements. So I’ll leave it at that, and recommend Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion to those who enjoy science fiction that explores religious themes.

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  • Angie Van De Merwe

    Oh, the "Omega Point"…

  • Angie Van De Merwe

    I guess I have given up on the idealizaztion of mankind….peace and goodwill and all that stuff…

  • Angie Van De Merwe

    And I think that Chardin, from what I remember was sort of a Jungian, wasn't he?

  • mpress

    No, Teilhard was not a Jungian (well, neither was Jung, but that's another story . . . )Teilhard was a Jesuit priest, paleontologist, and mystic. His science writings were published during his lifetime, but his theological meditations were not.His work is complex, but his main contribution was to posit that evolution is a feature of all nature – and the entire cosmos is evolving – and moving towards the above-mentioned Omega Point.Hi from Ontario . . . got here from another blog, looking for critical reactions to Tom Harpur's writings. Glad to be here!

  • Edward T. Babinski

    The Catholic church forbade Chardin's theological publications from seeing the light of day during his lifetime. The Catholic church also forbade the first historical critical Catholic biblical scholars from publishing much of their work during their lifetimes. Then of course they threatened mid-20th century scholars like Kung and "Schilly" with having their authority taken from them, and/or their positions, if they didn't tow the party line. Same thing has happened to various Catholic priests and bishops who wanted to write or speak out freely on various topics. Protestants have a much simpler method, just get ousted from your denomination, and form your own "heterical/schismatic" one. Tens of thousands by now.