I’ve been a fan of the fantasy series, “The Death Gate Chronicles,” and “Rose of the Prophet.” Both of them questioned whether we can trust the integrity of Gods that have human failings. What came to surprise me is both of these authors are Mormons. (Which calls to mind Orson Scott Card too, begging the question of why Mormons good at writing fantasy novels?)
What particularly bugs me is that in the ending of Death Gate, there are two species of “Gods” that have been wrecking havoc on humans and other species. Then the protagonist, “Haplo” essentially says, “Wouldn’t it be nice if the Gods could leave them alone, and not meddle in their lives. Give them freedom, and not ruin everything.”
His friend Alfred agrees, and the two work together to isolate their two godly species, and thereby prevent them from interfering with lower species ever again. In other words, they create a a deist universe.
I thought this was a great conclusion to the running theme of the book – how a greater species would always be tempted to meddle, and inadvertently muck things up. And aren’t we lucky to live without the presence of any Gods? It’s strange to me that two authors could write so many epic fantasy novels questioning the nature of squabbling fictional Gods, and not then come out and say, “You know, long ago our God was probably written the same way. He’s probably fake you know.” (Going by the bibliographies, it’s doubtful they’re closet Atheists.)
Citations for their Mormon faith:
Also, I found 50 contradictions to Mormonism:
Longer version of why Death Gate seemed to support secularism for me:
Death Gate Cycle (a fantasy book series written by two Mormons) – Two races of demigods evolved from humans due to the fallout of WW3. Both could use magic, and they warred with each other, and competed for influence on humans. Eventually one of them (the Sartans) sundered the Earth into multiple smaller worlds to utterly defeat the other.
Eons later the lord of the defeated race (Patryns) wanted revenge and tried to fuse the worlds back into Earth, reshaping the world so they’d be in control. He doesn’t care that millions of humans and other lower life forms would perish a second time from the chaos that would unleash.
His plan is foiled when a few Sartans and Patryns decide it’d be better to force both Gods to live together on one world forever so they can sort out their differences without involving other races in the meddling and cycle of genocide.