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From: "Andy Robertson" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Scylla, Oreb and transmigrational chain yanking
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 17:39:34 +0100

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From: "Michael Straight" 
> > Look at Hammerstone; he had his basic, factory-issue value system
changed by
> > an ignorant priest with a screwdriver! Talk about an epiphany! Did that
> > augur save that Iron Man's soul with his meddling, or doom him to hell
> > he got some wires crossed?
> Many human beings have biological problems that similarly effect their
> behavior.  One imagines/hopes that if people of any sort are held
> accountable for their actions, God would take that sort of thing into
> account.

And Wolfe is well aware of the moral side of it.

The aggresive approprioation of the mechanical into the divine is on one
level an argument against the idea that **humans** are merely mechanical.

Humans, **as well as** machines, have free will, hence responsibility, hence
authentic moral status.


One man's half-hearted attempts to belive, repent, and do good
> might produce more apparent virtue than the whole-hearted effort of
> another, but perhaps God judges the heart.  And if grace can forgive
> intentional sins, it can forgive acts done under the influence of crossed
> wires.
> -Rostrum
> --


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