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The Question (ID Number 601)...

    On more than one occasion in your books and in your responses to questions you categorically reject the idea of gods, in particular the Abrahamic god. Yet in "The Holy" Tim, after being prompted by Pablo who "sees" this all the time, finally sees the glory the cactus has to offer him. Therefore I have two questions. If you do not believe that there is a God or gods in this world, then what or who is Pablo (whom you saw yourself as a young child)? Second, both in "B" and in "The Holy", you position the Abrahamic god as an opponent of the very world he allegedly created. Why do you believe that a Satan/Ba'al zebub or an anti-christ figure would be so much more in tune with your world vision?

    ...and the response:

    I have never anywhere "categorically reject[ed] the idea of gods." What is said about Pablo and his kind in The Holy is that they've been called many things by us, including gods and demons. They don't claim to be either. In The Tales of Adam (which will --- at long last --- be published next fall), Adam tells his son: "We share this world with others who are not beasts or men or the spirits of men or gods. They are denizens of wastelands and barrens, of deserts and high places where nothing grows, and they don't follow the deer or the quail, nor are they followed by the lion or the hyena. All the same, they're making their journey in the hand of the god just as we are. What destiny they pursue in their journey I cannot say, for their tracks run beyond ours and where they end no man will ever know. Nevertheless all journeys are in the hand of god, and it may be that theirs and ours are being woven together even now. For from each generation a few of us are called to track them to their haunts and, through contending with them, to win their alliance and their guidance to power and wisdom beyond the common run. If you're ever prompted to search them out, arm yourself with courage and discretion, as you would for a battle for your life. They're not to be trifled with." All I can really say about them is that they're not of our kind. I'm not sure why you attribute to me a belief "that a Satan/Ba'al zebub or an anti-christ figure would be so much more in tune with your world vision."

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