Has anyone else read James Blish's 1950's sci-fi novel, "A Case of Conscience"? I'm interested in opinions and analysis.
"A Case of Conscience" is primarily about a Jesuit priest and scientist who investigates an alien race that has no religion yet has a perfect, innate sense of morality, a situation which conflicts with Catholic teaching. The priest struggles with retaining his faith and justifying his belief in god. There is also some exploration of ethics and politics influencing scientific research.
I found the arguments and logic in the novel stilted and hard to follow. I read the entire book, though, because I wanted to see what the author was trying to say. I found the climax (a Because God scenario) disappointing especially as James Blish was considered to be an atheist for most of his life.
The Religious Affiliation of James Blish [adherents.com]