* The Odyssey is a fairytale, the most wonderful ever written, because it is untrue to life precisely in its most seemingly realistic moments. What distinguishes a true fairytale, after all, is not its fairies, much less the good luck of getting something for nothing, but, on the contrary, the principle of something for something: of love, faith, and steadfastness always having their commensurate reward.
Lefum tsa’ara agra, the ancient rabbis said: “As is the suffering, so is the recompense.” But the rabbis were thinking of the World to Come. In
The Odyssey, there is only this world.
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* Judge orders priest to "prove Christ existed"
* Scientific American's review
of Daniel Dennett's latest, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon.