Updated version: New Tryst on the Old Theme

John Updike started again in familiar grass, blending high theology and low methodologies in Roger's version. This book is not an emotional exercise as much as an intellectual maneuver, with the possibility that God Almighty may serve. While trying to prove the existence of the Judeo-Christian deity is certainly not a new sport, Updike chooses to play rules that are slightly different from the ones connecting the likes of St. Augustine, Aquinas, Leibniz, Hume, Kant and a few well-known Christian philosophers. Instead, it casts its controversial theological lightning bolts against the backdrop of modern scientific thought and method – evoking evolution, the Big Bang, and the dual bogaboo of supercomputers today. Planck and Heisenberg head the head of Kierkegaard and Karl Barth, resulting in an electric charge that permanently permeates up-to-date pages of fresh literates.

Roger the title is Roger Lambert, a professor of theology at Northeastern College (perhaps, but not necessarily, Harvard Theological Seminary). In his office, Del Coller walks, computer hackers and a college research assistant applied for an appointment about Roger's friendship with Roger's niece, Verna. Dale, hungry for a research grant, embarks on Roger about the potential of using science – specifically, computer science – to finally prove the existence of the Supreme Being, declaring: "Most miraculous things happen. Physicists go into fine detail, they're really only about things To the last detail, and the last thing they expected would happen is God happens through him, they hate him, but they cannot do anything about it, the facts are facts, and I don’t think that people in the field of religion, so to speak, are fully aware of this – and this At the end, it means that their cause is as far away as it always seemed It is recognized. "

Specialized in early Christian heresies, Roger plays the advocate of the brilliant devil that he heads to the level of religious enthusiasm. As Dale looks to appreciate how much God is through modern experimentalism and computer simulation, Roger prefers to keep it "totally different." Combat exchanges between the two provide some of the most engaging print controversy in years.

But Roger's version is not just an exercise in theological stimulation. This paradox is confronted against a rethinking of the Scarlet Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne. Roger is Roger Chillingworth, Dale is Arthur Demesdale, and Esther (Roger Lambert's second wife) Hester Breen. It is a story that was updated years ago. As his previous novel, Sunday, attempted to give Dimmesdale's view of Hawthorne's classic story of adultery and revenge, Roger's version takes the side of Chillingworth. Roger becomes the villainous Hawthorne Roger along Updike. However, Roger Lambert is not without his evil lines. After Dale begins his extended relationship with Esther, Roger plans to take revenge on them both: Ali Dale not only by tearing down his arguments but by destroying his faith as well; on Esther by embarking on an affair with his niece Verna.

Through all this somewhat active phishing, UPike explains his second obsession: Sex. Roger thinks at some point: “It is a big surprising nature for us.” He loves the accelerating pulse rate and his overrated great appreciation for the body of love, its rhythmic accumulation and emptying; but then 39, there is no other life that you can offer, unless you bridge the decade and death . "

Roger is first and foremost a voyeur: "Secret glimpses … of current life unaware of my watch are always excited about me." He often skips secret glances, using his live imagination to illustrate the details of Dale and Esther's secret experiences. Much of the novel, in fact, shows that Roger gets to know more and more about Dell, until he starts looking at everything around him – especially his wife – through Dell's eyes. Roger sees this as a wonderful and largely frightening experience, as young pirates recreate old feelings and beliefs that he long ago abandoned for the sake of the dead: "… I felt very warm and began to sweat. I was trying hard. I was frustrating the beliefs that You reached her and buried her long ago, to keep her safe. " For Dell's relationship with Esther, Roger criticizes his revenge.

In many respects Roger's edition – although not from the best or most representative Updike novel – is a book he's been working on for years. The uneasy relationship between religion and science is a familiar sign of his work, and one can see the germ of this novel in Updike's most famous short story, "The Music School". In this film, the protagonist Alfred Schweigen says: "In the novel that I have never written, I wanted the hero to be a computer programmer because he was the most poetic and romantic profession I could think of, and the hero had to be very romantic and sensitive., Because he was dying from fornication. I mean, knowing that it was possible; the possibility was crushed. I envision it … devise terms where problems can be nourished with machines and their appearance, under a double-edged squash, as the music of truth …

Although Roger's version often looks poetic, it is far from romantic. There are no pure heroes, no absolute villains. Dale is very outspoken and noisy and office in his genius so that he does not bear much sympathy; Roger is very cold, very arithmetic, and very separate to inspire many emotions; the rest are just players. “The Music School,” of course, was written more than twenty years before Roger's release, and Updike's pink-colored glasses have long been polluted with experience. While Roger's version evokes few human emotions, he at the same time works great and frustrating.

Those with a little patience may find this theological debate much, but Updike has managed to produce yet another mature work for those looking to take on the challenge.


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