Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Bill Myers's The God Hater ~ Reviewed
The God Hater, A Novel
By: Bill Myers
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2010
When atheistic professor Nicholas MacKenzie is asked to create a virtual world, he jumps at the chance. But every computer model he initiates---Darwinism, Existentialism, Relativism, and Buddhism---fails. Finally, he introduces a Law Giver---but attracts a nasty virus. Can he save his creation without personally absorbing the virus? A powerful allegory!
The God Hater paints a picture within a picture and spins a fascinating story.
Professor Nicholas MacKenzie, a famously arrogant atheist, finds himself sucked into a cyberworld drama by his techie brother, Travis.
Travis has discovered the secret to Artificial Intelligence and cut throat spies will do what it takes to steal that secret. And there is another problem in Travis's newly created world. Seems the people have a tendency to kill each other off. Nicholas is the only one with the philosophical expertise to provide the missing piece of the puzzle. Surely, his knowledge will give the programmers the key to the human psyche.
Reality, created and otherwise, do not follow carefully crafted plans and Nicholas finds his whole world and belief system twisting and turning madly as he tries to keep the computer world alive and flourishing.
This is a whip-fast read and one that is both enlightening and challenging. There are a couple of rough patches that paused the pace a bit, but overall this is a keeper. Fascinating look at the human mind, spirituality and faith.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer