So you think you know a little something about religion. Well guess again, because Snow Crash is going to school you. The Garden of Eden may have been a political metaphor. The Tower of Babel might've been the best thing that ever happened to humanity. And Sumerian mythology? Don't get us started on Sumerian mythology. That stuff is a trip—and it might also hold the answers to why the human brain works the way it does.
Never fear, atheist friends, there's something in here for you as well; not all of the characters in Snow Crash are religious, and the non-believer characters get to have a say in how to interpret and implement religious ideas, too. We see a range of religious believers—from fanatics to hackers—and the underlying message is that religion is complex. Just like humanity. Imagine that.
Questions About Religion
- What is Juanita's approach to religion, and why does it work for her?
- How did the message of Jesus Christ get "hijacked" by the Church?
- What are the basic tenets of ancient Sumerian religion and society?
- How have religious institutions changed in the future?
Chew on This
Humans are hard-wired to have religious beliefs.
Religious fanatics are the worst kind of fanatic.