Monday, October 04, 2004

Godless - Pete Hautman

What would you do if one day you decided that you wanted to start your own religion? Well that is what Jason Bock does. The object of their worship is the town water tower, and the name of his religion is Chutengodians. He recruits an unlikely group that consists of his snail-farming best friend Shin, cute-as-a-button Magda Price, and the violent and unpredictable Henry Stagg. When they decide to hold their first service on the top of the water tower it does not go as planned. Shin is afraid of heights and does not join them, and Henry is hurt when he falls of the water tower onto the catwalk. And worst off they get caught in the middle of the night. After the service Jason finds himself questioning who and what God is. His followers turn their backs on him, and blame him for what has happened. He then realizes that inventing a religion is easier than controlling it. If you have questioned religion, or have considered starting one of your own this is one book for you to read. It is harder to invent a religion than to be a part of one.

Tom Burnham

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