Imitation of Christ by David Flynn


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Post March 15, 2018, 08:33:52 AM

Imitation of Christ by David Flynn

The first sentence without question snatched my attention, for it was a surprise.

Stories about religion and Christ are taboo with many, but I always believed that freedom of though and expressing comes first in this country, and that is what makes America great. Other nations have adopted our way of thinking and those nations produce very creative individual as America does.

Good writing throughout this one. The dialogue sounded real, and the word choices right.

The possibility of this story is real today! I never thought about the ‘Shroud of Turin’ and the blood stains in it. Could DNA be extracted? Maybe it can, I’m not a geneticist.

I’m sure humans have been cloned. Russia, North Korea or secret research labs in America or Europe are the candidates for cloning. Yes, I believe it has happened. Cloning a brilliant physicist like Stephen Hawkings is too good of an idea for many to ignore! I would place my odds on that one if I were a bookie!

Of all the stories I’ve read recently, this one has hit me with something that I never considered! I like that.

Good job!
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Post March 20, 2018, 09:10:49 AM

Re: Imitation of Christ by David Flynn

Megawatts wrote:The first sentence without question snatched my attention, for it was a surprise.

I'll come back to that in a moment.

Megawatts wrote:Stories about religion and Christ are taboo with many,

so it might be a goot thing, that this is not a story about Christ, but possibly about a delusional priest acting against his professed faith in order to defend it.
The execution of the plot is straightforward, and the ending caught me by surprise, especially still having the beginning in mind.
Which brings me back to

Megawatts wrote:The first sentence without question snatched my attention, for it was a surprise.
And also utterly worng, as became apparent later.

Some stories about cloning tend to identify DNA and person. However, considering identical twins, there you have two persons with the same DNA but they are two inidiuals in their own right, not the same person twice. And as cloning works just with DNA, the individuals born that way cannot be closer to their DNA doner than idividual twins are by nature.

Judgig by the title, the author seems to be aware of this. His protagonist however seems to have totally fallen for that fallacy, which is more the pity, as his church teaches that there is more to a human being than the mere body,and that that part -the soul- is from god.

So even if the protagonist might not understand the technical limitations of cloning, theological consideration could have left him with the same conclusion: You might be abletoclone a body, but you cannot clone a person.

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Post March 20, 2018, 10:24:24 AM

Re: Imitation of Christ by David Flynn

Good critique. I like how you think about what I said and compare it with what's written. Yes, this story made me think about the unthinkable. How far can cloning go? Much better methods of extracting DNA from the past, opens up a brave new world , so quote the title of a book from years ago.

I truly believe that humans have been cloned.
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