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On God: An Uncommon Conversation

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A towering figure in American literature, Norman Mailer has in recent years reached a new level of accessibility and power. His last novel, The Castle in the Forest, revealed fascinating ideas about faith and the nature of good and evil. Now Mailer offers his concept of the nature of God. His conversations with his friend and literary executor, Michael Lennon, show this writer at his most direct, provocative, and challenging. “I think,” writes Mailer, “that piety is oppressive. It takes all the air out of thought.”

In moving, amusing, probing, and uncommon dialogues conducted over three years but whose topics he has considered for decades, Mailer establishes his own system of belief, one that rejects both organized religion and atheism. He presents instead a view of our world as one created by an artistic God who often succeeds but can also fail in the face of determined opposition by contrary powers in the universe, with whom war is waged for the souls of humans. In turn, we have been given freedom–indeed responsibility–to choose our own paths. Mailer trusts that our individual behavior–always a complex mix of good and evil–will be rewarded or punished with a reincarnation that fits the sum of our lives.

Mailer weighs the possibilities of “intelligent design” at the same time avowing that sensual pleasures were bestowed on us by God; he finds fault with the Ten Commandments–because adultery, he avers, may be a lesser evil than others suffered in a bad marriage–and he holds that technology was the Devil’s most brilliant creation.

In short, Mailer is original and unpredictable in this inspiring verbal journey, a unique vision of the world in which “God needs us as much as we need God.”

From The Naked and the Dead to The Executioner’s Song and beyond, Mailer’s major works have engaged such themes as war, politics, culture, and sex. Now, in this small yet important book, Mailer, in a modest, well-spoken style, gives us fresh ways to think about the largest subject of them all.

Synopsis:

Norman Mailer was born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955, he was one of the co-founders of The Village Voice. He is the

Synopsis:

Presents a new view of the world by suggesting that it is created by an artistic God who often succeeds but can fail in the face of determined opposition, and that humans have been given freedom and responsibility to choose their own paths.

About the Author

Norman Mailer was born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955, he was one of the co-founders of The Village Voice. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner’s Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot’s Ghost; Oswald’s Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and The Castle in the Forest. He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with his wife, the novelist Norris Church Mailer.

Table of Contents

On God as the artist — God, the devil, and humankind — Purgatory, heaven, and hell — On the

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588366955
Subtitle:
An Uncommon Conversation
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Lennon, Michael
Author:
<i>Harlot's Ghost
Author:
Mailer, Norman
Author:
The Gospel According to the Son</i
Author:
Norman Mailer
Author:
Oswald's Tale
Author:
Michael Lennon
Subject:
Religion : Christian Theology - General
Subject:
Religion : Philosophy
Subject:
Religion : Theology
Subject:
Religion : Agnosticism
Subject:
God
Subject:
Christian Theology - General
Subject:
Agnosticism
Subject:
Theology
Subject:
Audio Books-Religion Eastern
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Philosophy General
Subject:
Religion Western-Theology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20071016
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
215

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Philosophy General
Religion » Western Religions » Theology

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"Synopsis" by , Presents a new view of the world by suggesting that it is created by an artistic God who often succeeds but can fail in the face of determined opposition, and that humans have been given freedom and responsibility to choose their own paths.
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