Monday, 10 April 2017
Christianity In Six Timelines
(i) Anderson's Technic History;
(ii) Anderson's "The Word to Space";
(iii) Stirling's Fall timeline;
(iv) Stirling's Draka timeline;
(v) Stirling's Nantucket timeline;
(vi) Stirling's Change timeline.
These remarks will be brief but obviously can generate lengthier discussion.
(i) In "The Problem of Pain," Peter Berg, a Christian from Aeneas, says that the Church decided pre-spaceflight that Jesus saves only human beings and that God will save other races, if they need it, in other ways. Despite this, the Jerusalem Catholic Church later ordains Axor, a Wodenite, and Fr Axor seeks evidence of an Incarnation elsewhere in the galaxy.
(ii) See here.
(iii) The Fall is an asteroid strike, not the Biblical Fall. Catholicism survives in French territories. Anglicanism moves with the British Empire to India where it starts to merge with Hinduism.
(iv) Draka philosophy is incompatible with Christianity. The Draka allow their serfs to practise Christianity although they themselves have no understanding of it.
(v) When Nantucket time travels to Before Christ, some of its Christians go mad and try to kill everybody on the island. Sane Christians merge into an Ecumenical Church and evangelize in this new timeline.
(vi) I am reading the Change series and will probably discuss this aspect of it at greater length. An abbot mentions the sun halting over Joshua. Poul Anderson got a short story out of this idea. See here, here and here.