Often readers of my novel “Divine Murder,” ask how I dreamt up the idea of physically killing God. I always confess it hit me like the proverbial thunderbolt. I was sitting on top a park bench in Ocala, FL, itching with the desire to write a new novel, but searching for a unique plot. Abruptly the “god is dead” quote from Nietzche popped into my mind. Hmm . . . philosophically one can certainly make a case, but what if it could be done physically?
Abruptly there burst the unique plot idea. What indeed if one could physically kill the Almighty? Quickly this concept led to interesting plot dilemmas for the author to solve. Primarily, if one could physically kill God, who on earth could possibly want to commit such a foul act? Was it insane, or could any good feasibly come from the despicable deed? Could be fun to solve this particular dilemma!
Who would be the Adam and Eve at the opposite pole of my tale? I alighted on names for the human protagonists, Zoe and Warren.
Next I realized, okay if there were a reasonable, good outcome from killing God, and if I created a group of characters capable of fulfilling the mission, then what could be the scientific methodology of getting the job done? Could be fun constructing the omnipotent bullet!
Lastly I saw there grew an interesting theological angle, from an agnostic point of view – if God could indeed be physically killed, then beyond a shadow of doubt, it proved He existed. This appealed to the agnostic in me, a stance I debated throughout my adult life.
So this was the origin of “Divine Murder.” Readers tell me it logically falls together quite well, this solving of all the dilemmas. In fact my favorite email regarding the novel came from a gentleman in France, who — tongue in check — complained how once he started the novel, it kept him up all night and far into the morning, compelling him to see how it all ended.
Writers live for these comments.
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In Divine Murder, “Ordog apparently realized it missed these easy human targets and they weren’t crushed dead under its foot. It spied them running toward a door in the near wall. But before the beast struck again, Ahriman sprinted from the computer area and leaped on the monster’s ankle. “read more
Elisha Porat was a Hebrew poet and writer who said he’d never thought about writing poetry until he was a solider in the War of Yom Kippur in 1973. The war and even the death of Porat’s father inspired him to begin writing poetry non-stop.read more
Her soul touches me
down to the Middle of my core
Is there more to the Universe
than the middle of her soul?
Her soul is more to me
than I see in the Middle
of Humanity’s combined souls.
As I rummaged through notes I made 15 years ago, I came across some I made about the inventor of the Dewey decimal System. Where this might appear odd coming from a poet, I think you might agree this note overflows with the essence of poetry. See what you think:read more
The study of reincarnation and the understanding of it within different religions is much more complex. But, the information here in these short descriptions is meant to illustrate the idea that reincarnation is something more than what most, who don’t practice the religions, will ever understand without much study.read more
Emily Dickinson is an American poet who wrote about life, love, nature and time and eternity. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830. Except for a short time at Mont Holyoke Seminary, she lived with her parents and younger sister for most of her life. Her brother and his wife lived next door.read more
“Our protagonist wonders if it were possible to physically engage with an angel. Two problems present themselves here: where does one find an angel, and then wouldn’t his strength overpower her? She solves both problems in the song.”
Two angels, one of Life and one of Death,
Passed o’er our village as the morning broke;
The dawn was on their faces, and beneath,
The sombre houses hearsed with plumes of smoke.
A few famous reincarnation quotes.read more