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July 20, 2011



His writing style annoys me for the same reason C.S. Lewis's does, but Lewis at least lacked the moral imbecility it takes to assert that goodness is defined by whatever an omnipotent being happens to do.

I do agree with this one line:

And there is no other Jesus for us to turn to...

Though I would also clarify (as you already did in the post) that there is no original Jesus for anyone to turn to, either. Ask and ye shall receive? False. Seek and ye shall find? False. Knock and the door will be opened? False, and you'll be lucky if there's even a door under your hand when you look more closely.

It's amazing to me that people are willing to trust someone who not only admits that he would abandon every single moral principle if he thought God wanted him to, but boasts of it.


I kind of doubt you actually mean that these short-comings make for a good youth writer, but if you do, I want to disagree. There are plenty of great children's and YA books that manage to do great justice to the complexities and ambiguities of human goodness. Fortunately, most kids are able to figure out eventually that the horrifically simplistic good-and-evil moral pronouncements of the vast majority of children's stories are bullshit. The ones who can't end up as fundamentalists.

Greg Horton

Yeah, I meant children's stories specifically, rather than YA. I've found some remarkable nuance in YA, quite unlike Mr. Wilson demonstrates. I wonder if his books encourage young readers to "abandon moral principles" as part of their adventures.

Sam Reddman

The WRITER of this critique is the "Ex-Pastor", right?

That's good... the "EX", I mean.


Greg Horton

Yes, and I also agree it's good, but likely for different reasons. 

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