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The Chrysalids

August 1, 2012
The Chrysalids

The Chrysalids

Souls are just counters for the churches to collect. — John Wyndham

Many years ago I read all of the novels of John Wyndham. Listening to this dramatisation of The Chrysalids I had forgotten how good was his writing.

Written in 1955, The Chrysalids is set in a  post-apocalyptic world, Tribulation has been visited on the world for the Sins of Man. The survivors live in post-industrial world.

The Chrysalids is a dark, chilling account of this world. A world of religious hate and intolerance, where anyone different is hunted down, deviants will not be tolerated. A world of hate and religious intolerance we see espoused by Francis Chan in Erasing Hell, his attack on Rob Bell.

Man is created in the image of God. Any deviation must be the work of the Devil.

One small group of young people are at risk as they have telepathic powers.

1955 was at a time of heightened tension between the superpowers, both armed with nuclear weapons. Few expected the world to survive.

Today we are at risk, not from nuclear exchange but from the release into the wild of modified genetic material.

Dramatised on BBC Radio 4. BBC has shown its usual crass stupidity, the two-part dramatisation only kept on-line for seven days.

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