[EVA] Religious iconism
gwern0 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 26 09:28:07 EST 2009
On Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 7:02 AM, R_J_N <r_j_n at btopenworld.com> wrote:
> I'm 300+ posts behind in reading this ML's re-awakening!
> So far I have not seen mention of too very Catholic iconistic images.
> 1st is the stigmata that appears on Shinji's palms as 01 is "crucified" in
> The other is a phrase possibly not so obvious. "Human Instrumentality".
> This is the belief (shared by most Christian denominations), but preached
> most rigidly by RCs, that souls can only be saved through mankind continuing
> Divine work to saved souls that would otherwise be damned. Of course in
> Christian faith, its is carried out through prayer, humane acts etc.
> But in Eva, the saving of souls, as a singularity, to reform the 18th angel,
> is what SEELE is about, & Gendou.
> Yui/Rei/Lilith's refusal to let Gendou follow Rei III into Lilith, &
> re-unite with Yui seems to me in a way, an Eva parallel to Moses being
> denied entry into the promised land by Jehovah.
Wasn't HI borrowed from Cordwainer Smith? He was an odd Christian, to
be sure, but his HI didn't seem to be religious at all...
> "This was all the business of the Instrumentality. The Instrumentality had the perpetual slogan 'Watch, but do not govern; stop war, but do not wage it; protect, but do not control; and first, survive!'"
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