Saturday, 31 December 2005

Moby Dick and open theism

There’s a passage in Moby-Dick that reminds me of that recent American theological fad, “open theism.” The native cannibal harpooneer, Queequeg, is lovingly devoted to a “black little god” named Yojo, and he is careful to consult Yojo about the future.

In chapter 16, the narrator says: “I have forgotten to mention that, in many things, Queequeg placed great confidence in the excellence of Yojo’s judgment and surprising forecast of things; and cherished Yojo with considerable esteem, as a rather good sort of god, who perhaps meant well enough upon the whole, but in all cases did not succeed in his benevolent designs.”

3 Comments:

Michael F. Bird said...

Ben, change Queenqueg to Clark Pinnock, and I think it fits.

kim fabricius said...

Have you heard the joke about God not having heard the joke about open theism?

T.B. Vick said...

Dag, I think we have a small plague of "Queequegs" in this generation.

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