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frankenstein, prometheus and intelligent Design

July21

The unrelatable (based on genius) Turin Hurinson, aka Joseph Simmons has recently offered up: Promethean Fire, Promethean Clay.

The inspiration for this posit is Mary Shelley’s timeless, Frankenstein.

And, more importantly it’s subtitle, “The Modern Prometheus”.

“Every essay I’ve ever read about Frankenstein that talks about that subtitle says it is a reference to the myth of Prometheus stealing fire from the gods, and giving it to mankind. The implication of the subtitle becomes, Prometheus trangressed against the gods by stealing fire (=science), and Frankenstein did the same thing.”

Additional excerpts:

“Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus created mankind out of clay, on the orders of the other gods. If we consider the subtitle in light of this myth, the comparison is not between a trangressive Prometheus and a transgressive Frankenstein; the comparison is between a Prometheus who created life under the orders of the gods, and a Frankenstein who created life illicitly.”

[…]

“I don’t know why this second interpretation is never used. It has slightly different implications, and seems more appropriate, since it draws a parallel between Prometheus’s actions and Frankenstein’s actions, rather than just a parallel between their attitudes towards authority. It also makes the subtitle a judgment of Frankenstein’s character, rather than a judgement of Prometheus’s character, which seems more reasonable, since the book is about Frankenstein not Prometheus.”

[…]

Read his post in it’s entirety here, but only if you dare.

Because that ignited my own thinking around intelligent design; man’s fear of the unknown; his desire to explain away evil without accountability; and, stories, or mythology that allow us to face inner demons and explain how we interpret Gods plan (in our own terms).

So… It’s been far too long since I visited with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. But, I have now engaged the monster  in light of this myth and thinking that:

“…the comparison is not between a trangressive Prometheus and a transgressive Frankenstein; the comparison is between a Prometheus who created life under the orders of the gods, and a Frankenstein who created life illicitly.”

[…]

God is said to have created man in his image – or, the image He desired. He gave man the choice of good or evil. Man, according to the Bible, chose evil.

Prometheus made man upon direction of a God. He then handed him Pandora’s box, and distributed evil that preyed upon the world of man.

Victor Frankenstein created a creature that was the image of a man but was more animal, at first, in his views. But, he called his own creation evil from the beginning, treated him accordingly, and the creatures self image was that of a monster. The monster allowed himself to become the victim of men and attacked them with vengeance in his heart.

Man actually created Zeus. So, naturally he gave man Pandora’s box in retaliation because too many men fail to recognize their own internal evil. I think I mean that men find it hard to accept they are evil or don’t want to take responsibility for it.

God created Victor Frankenstein and gave him, as with all men, the gift of discernment and choice.

God did not create the monster.

Victor Frankenstein never gave the monster, his creation, any choice.

Victor Frankenstein can represent a man that, through his own free will (a kind of Pandora’s box) unleashes evil on the world. The monster is only a symbol of man’s potential for evil.

This will likely lead us to a discourse around intelligent design.

I don’t know why, exactly, just yet. But, I can feel it coming.

And, I am already thinking this is likely going to be one of those instances where I wish I could revisit a comment and revise it from time-to-time. I feel as though I painted myself into a few corners here. But, I you can also expect me to revisit this line of thinking quite extensively over the next couple of months. I sure hope you join me and feel free to chime in!

If none of this, or not even a little of it, makes sense, go watch the complete DVD set of the updated Battlestar Gallactica. This may fail yet to snap my thinking into place for you. But, it remains a great show, and is a mind bender from time-to-time.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

posted under Books, Religion
5 Comments to

“frankenstein, prometheus and intelligent Design”

  1. Avatar September 5th, 2009 at 12:30 pm Nicola Says:

    I think the subtitle is especially relevant. The novel is so philisophical and definitely relevant today in my opinion.


  2. Avatar September 5th, 2009 at 12:38 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Hello Nicola.

    Perhaps the question becomes, did Prometheus really deserve to be punished, or was he a tragic hero punished unjustly by Zeus?

    Cork


  3. Avatar September 10th, 2009 at 7:19 pm Mikahcho Says:

    Prometheus was punished by the God, Zeus, whereas Frankenstein was punished by the evil of his own creation.

    And if your ultimate question were to be delved into a little bit more pedantically, the point could be raised-

    Is Victor Frankenstein really a tragic hero?

    Perhaps he was doing what he thought was best for humanity (Giving life [Stealing fire])?

    -Mika


  4. Avatar September 10th, 2009 at 7:49 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Indeed. The subtitle is a judgment of Frankenstein’s character, rather than a judgement of Prometheus’s character, which seems more reasonable, since the book is about Frankenstein not Prometheus.

    Cork


  5. Avatar September 24th, 2009 at 9:31 am oh gods monsters And humanity « The Unsinkable brian cork Says:

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