Towing Jehovah

{4.5/5} “‘Glad you’re here, Ockham,’ said the creature in the sort of thin, scratchy voice Thomas associated with early-thirties gangster movies. His skin was astonishingly white, beyond Caucasian genes, beyond albinism even; he seemed molded from snow. ‘I’m told you are at once devout’ — he stood on his toes — ‘and smart.’ Whereupon, to Thomas’s utter amazement, the haloed man flapped his wings, rose six feet in the air, and stayed there.”

Anthony used to be a supertanker captain. But at a time when he was technically supposed to be on the bridge, he’d gone below with a splitting headache. Right then the ship hit a reef when they were trying to avoid a drug runner. Now Anthony does odd jobs and takes a shower four times a day, trying to wash the oil off. When the angel Raphael visits him, he doesn’t immediately believe he’s a real angel. But God has died, His body has fallen into the ocean, and Raphael wants Anthony to tow the body to a final resting place that’s been selected in the Arctic.

Towing Jehovah by James Morrow was published in 1994.

If you don’t think the concept is sacrilegious you might be interested in reading this book.

Some people want to give God a decent burial, and others want to destroy the body before everybody finds out that God really did exist. Some people believe that with God dead they can now do whatever they feel like, and others believe that they should still act in an ethical manner.

What would you do if God died? Would you do things you wouldn’t have done before, or keep doing the same things?

The book isn’t laugh-out-loud funny, but it has a subtle humour. There’s a bit of technical language about ships but it’s not overwhelming.

I’ve also read Only Begotten Daughter by Morrow, and I would like to read more.

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