Summary Of ' Christopher From The Curious Incident Of The Dog '

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Contrasting Beliefs
“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God” (Lincoln). The battle of Atheism and God, science and belief, logic and religion all have been a reigning discussion piece since humans began to understand the topics. Mark Haddon’s main character “Christopher” from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime has trouble with understanding religion and instead turns to logic to fill the space. Christopher’s belief in logic contrasts others’ belief in God, however, his belief in logic serves the same purpose as others’ belief in God, to create order in a world of chaos. The search for truth coincides with the belief in logic while still being anchored by a need for order and stability.
Truth can be argued and changed, but often relies on an individual opinion. A common deduction is to disbelieve in God, Christopher chooses this path. Christopher reasons that, “People believe in God because the world is very complicated” (Haddon 164). He believes that there are logical reasons that cause people to follow religion. Furthermore, when Christopher is speaking to the Reverend about the existence of heaven, “I said there wasn’t anything outside the universe and there wasn’t another kind of place altogether” (32). Christopher’s utilizes his knowledge of the universe to counter Reverend Peter’s claims about heaven being real.…

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