There Is No Dog
by Meg Rosoff
There Is No Dog Faith Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Chapter.Paragraph
As she steps out into the light, Bob watches her [Lucy], shivering with devotion. (4.21)
Devotion normally only applies to religious figures, so isn't it interesting that God Himself is expressing devotion to a mere human? And … maybe not the best way to go about being God? We don't know about you, but we like our gods to be a little more impartial.
And was this an excuse for him to be rained with curses and loathing from all mankind? Oh no. Because here was the clever bit: Bob had designed the entire race of murderers, martyrs and thugs with a built-in propensity to worship him. (12.38)
Sometimes Bob is so bright, you have to wear shades. (Please forgive us for the corny jokes.) Rosoff probably puts this in here because it's the only good explanation for why people would worship someone like Bob. Fun fact: some evolutionary theorists think that we do have a built-in propensity to worship.
That night, Lucy climbed into bed, too agitated to sleep. She thought of talking to God, her God—a benign, all-seeing sort of deity who didn't get too involved with the day-to-day running of life, but who (she imagined) liked to be kept informed—a sort of thoughtful philosophy professor of a God, passing his days in contemplation of the moral complexities of good and evil. (15.13)
Ah ha ha! How wrong Lucy is! That doesn't describe Mr. B or Bob in the slightest! While this book is all about breaking down traditional images of God, Lucy's idea is the most traditional one you could get.