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Free download ½ Small Gods Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Just because you can't explain it doesn't mean it's a miracle' Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld Everyone has their own opinion and indeed their own gods Who come in all shapes and sizes In such a competitive eMe in all shapes and sizes In such a competitive environment there is a pressing need to make one's presence felt And it's certainly not remotely helpful to be reduced to be appear. So this is book 13 in my continuing monthly saga of reading all the Discworld novels And what a good entry in the saga this wasAs an aside i am a little behind in my reading timetable as I was meant to finish this in January My challenge shows me ahead but that is only because I listened to a number of Agatha Christie dramatisations whilst my wife and I were decorating painting inside the houseAnyway back to Small Gods This is in someway slightly different to most of the other Discworld novels I have read so far in my humble opinion Most all of the previous reads have involved some sort of parody of Earth culture in some fashion or another This whilst all about religion which is of course a major part of Earth's culture doesn't really parody at all which may be a good thing 😊This book is based on the wonderful premiss that a God is view spoiler only as powerful omnipotent as the number of believers heshe has not followers but true believers Hmmm I wonder what that would do to Earth religions So when a God that at one point was probably First or even Premier League football soccer sorry analogy falls on hard times in terms of believers in fact falls on SUCH hard times that he is only left with ONE believer tries to make a comeback well chaos ensues That is the normal Sir Terry Discworld chaos that ensues hide spoiler

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Just because you can't explain it doesn't mean it's a miracle' Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld Everyone has their own opinion and indeed their own gods Who co. This was the first Pratchett book I read and I'm glad of it While it has the humor and satire that is inherent in all of the Discworld books it also has something else something to say It was evident even from the first time I read this book that Pratchett had put some real heavy thinking into itThis book is as the title suggests about gods Where do they come from Where do they go What keeps them moving Ordinarily gods don't like this sort of uestion People who think are not what gods look for in followers Gods want people who believe That's where their power comes from Gods with many believers are stong great gods Armies of priests and worshipers attend to their every needs the sacrifices are plentiful and their dominion is vast A great God wants for nothingA god with no believers however is a small god a mindless thought blistering through the firmament searching with single minded fervor for one thing a believerWhat happens then when a Great God finds out that while he wasn't looking he lost all of his believers That's the thrust of this tale the story of the Great God Om and how he became a tortoise for three years It's about the difference between what is real and what is believed in and how much difference that can make at times It's about fundamental and trivial truths and how to tell them apart It's about eagles and tortoises and how much they need each otherAbove all it's something of in my opinion a statement of faith Many people ask me if I am religious and I tell them no That's partly due to this book and the thinking that it made me do Spiritual Sure Religious NoThis is as I said the story of the Great God Om who discovered about 300 feet above the ground that he had been a tortoise for the last three years Before this mid air revelation he had been just chewing at melons and wondering where the next lettuce patch was Suddenly all the self awareness of a Great God was put into his head as well as the knowledge that he was probably about to die Om had intended to manifest as a bull or a pillar of fire something much majestic and Godly but for some reason that hadn't worked He had become a tortoiseNow in the presence of Brutha a novice in the Church of the Great God Om the god remembers who he was and discovers that he's in a lot of troubleThe Church of the Great God Om There's something to talk about Many people believe upon reading it that it's an allegory for the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages The Omnian Church permits no heresy It permits no sin no disbelief Violating the precepts of Om and His Prophets can lead to death in a lingering and painful manner The uisition cannot be wrong for was it not Om Himself who put suspicion into their minds It's a tactic that has been used by many religions over the years often to justify acts that they know their god would not approve ofI don't believe that Pratchett was trying to take a stab at the Catholics in this book It's just an unfortunate coincidence that the Omnians and the Catholics bear a few points of similarity A rigid hierarchy for example A penchant at one point or another for extracting confessions by any means necessary is another It's all very efficient and effectiveThere's a problem though as is pointed out by Brutha late in the book if you beat a donkey with a stick long enough the stick becomes all that the donkey believes in At that point neither gods nor believers benefit The only people benefiting are those wielding the stick Instead of becoming a tool for inspiration the church becomes a tool for terror People do not obey their god out of love they obey their church out of fearThis is the kind of church that could produce the Deacon Vorbis head of the Exuisitors He is one of those men who would turn the world on its back just to see what would happen He is everything that is wrong with the Church and unfortunately it seems that he is in line to be the Eighth Prophet In other words Omnia is not a nice place to live Its church is vast its god is small and neighboring nations want to take it down a few pegs It's up to Brutha and his God to change the course of historyAs I said there was a lot of thought put into this novel as well as Pratchett's usual hidden research For example Brutha is called a Great dumb ox by his classmates due to his size and apparent lack of intellect The same epithet was thrown at Thomas Auinas by his classmates and he was canonized less than a century after his death Like Auinas Brutha is not dumb He is simply slow and careful in how he thinks and his measured pace leads him far surely to the truth than the hot headed and passionate men who march with himSome people read this book as an attack on religion Others see it as a defense of personal faith I think Terry had a story to tell and perhaps a point to make The beauty of books such as these is that they can be whatever you want them to be For me it came as a kind of defense of gods Humans the book suggests need gods Now there is a growing atheist community out there who disagree with that idea and I can definitely see where they're coming from As I've said many times I'm not entirely sold on the god idea yet But the gods that are rampant in the Discworld aren't the kinds of gods that the atheists and the true believers fight over the omnipotent creator of Everything They are gods who are controlled by humans who exist with humans in a kind of co dependent relationship Humans need gods and gods need humans In its way this kind of theology makes gods realistic to me I can't say for sure whether a god or gods exist but if they did I think I could live with this kind of arrangementWhat this book definitely is in any case is good Very good If you haven't read it do so If you have read it do yourself a favor and read it again Around the Godde there forms a Shelle of prayers and Ceremonies and Buildings and Priestes

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Small GodsIng in the form of a tortoise a manifestation far below god like status in anyone's book In such instances you need an acolyte and fast Preferably one who won't ask too many uestio. One of the Discworld novels that doesn't belong to any character sub series Small Gods is nevertheless one of the best ones I've read so farTerry Pratchett was a humanist That is to say he wasn't religious He apparently distinguished between religion as in religious institutions such as The Church and faith as in what people believe in their own hearts and minds and was especially critical of the former I'm much the same Personally I find religion silly period It has had its place in the evolution of mankind surely but not nowadays And yet look around I keep hearing people talk about all the good this or that person or institution is doing for religious reasons and maybe some are but they are not the norm and many do it for ulterior reasons anyway eg wanting to get recognition for what they are doing or being afraid of some form of hell or whateverThis and are points Sir Terry is addressing in this book as wellWe meet Brutha a novice in the temple of the Great God Om The problem Well for starters Brutha might be honest to a fault and have an impeccable memory but he also just wants peace which he is unlikely to get to enjoy since he's been chosen as the new Prophet And then there is the tiny problem of The Great God Om who is speaking to Brutha currently being trapped in the body of a cute little tortoiseIn a world full of gods and saints and whatnot with almost everyone believing something else they have to find a way to restore Om to His Former Glory and possibly make things a little better in Brutha's home country and some neighbouring ones as wellAuthoritarian systems the Discworld version of the Inuisition gods saints demons lions eagles philosophers priests and some mysterious monks safeguarding history The reader gets a wide cast of characters that are all tragically funny and always spot on when it comes to condemning wilfull ignorance and promoting free will Pratchett nails it with his snarky and bone dry observations on religious upbringing I should know because despite being an atheisthumanist I was born into a Roman Catholic family In his signature funny and light way he shows how these oppressive systems work often so that those trapped in them don't even realize it Moreover he makes valid points such as that either you do nice good things because you want to and because it's the right thing to do or you shouldn't bother However despite all that the book is never preachy see what I did there ;P or boring On the contrary the mad romp through several hitherto unseen countries on the disc was delightful and fast paced and I was constantly laughing about the clumsiness and bad luck of Om and Brutha