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A Case of Conscience
A Case of Conscience
Author: James Blish
Father Ramon Ruiz-Sanchez S.J., is a part of a four man scientific commission to the planet Lithia, there to study a harmonious society of aliens living on a planets which is a biologist’s paradise. He soon finds himself troubled: how can these perfect beings, living in an apparent Eden, have no conception of sin or God? If such a sinles...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780899683300
ISBN-10: 0899683304
Publication Date: 6/1993
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Publisher: Lightyear Pr
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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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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