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A Case of Conscience
A Case of Conscience
Author: James Blish
The sin of reason... — Father Ruiz-Sanchez was a dedicated man--a priest who was also a scientist, and a scientist who was also a human being. He found no insoluble conflicts in his beliefs or his ethics until he was sent to Lithia. There he came upon a race of aliens--reptilian in form--who were admirable in every way except for their total reli...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345227553
ISBN-10: 0345227557
Publication Date: 9/12/1972
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Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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This is a great Sci Fi book, winner of the Hugo award way back in the day, that is unfortunately no longer in print.

The book is about Father Ruiz-Sanchez, a priest and a biologist, who is part of a UN commission to study the planet Lithia to determine its future. The Lithians are reptilian aliens that act like a perfectly moral race except that they have no conception of faith or belief--they are purely rational. This theological issue is the driving force behind the book.

In the end, I think the author shies away from making some bold claims about religion and human society in general. But still, it's well-written and a worthy read for anyone interested in Sci Fi. It really packs a lot into 181 pages.
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