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Close Encounters with the Deity

[Close Encounters with the Deity] Close Encounters with the Deity
by Michael Bishop
Reissued by Peachtree Publishers, Limited, 1986
Amazon.com: hardcover
Suggested by: Greg Slade

Another collection of short stories, this one with a general theme relating to God. Some of the connections are pretty tenuous, but others are quite explicit. Probably the most important work is that referred to by Isaac Asimov in his introduction, "The Gospel According to Gamaliel Crucis." Attacked by some as anti-Christian, the story seems to be calculated to shock Christians in the same way that Jesus Christ shocked the Pharisees. Those who reject the book out of hand for this reason may well miss an important point: Christ's life and teaching went against deeply cherished Jewish belief and practice in many ways. Rather than judging those who could not follow Jesus "outside the box", we should have sympathy for them.

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