This is the sequel to Towing Jehovah, a novel that garnered a World Fantasy Award and earned its author the moniker, "Christianity's Salman Rushdie." In this book, the two-mile long corpse of God (the corpus dei) has been towed to Florida, where the American Baptist Confederation has set it up as the Main Attraction at Celestial City. When Martin Candle, justice of the peace for Abaddon Township, Pennsylvania, loses his wife in a freak auto accident just after his doctor tells him he has prostate cancer, he decides it's time to put the Main Attraction on trial for His actions.
God isn't dead after all. He's just in a coma. The angel who announced the Creator's demise in Morrow's World Fantasy Award-winning Towing Jehovah (1994) was simply wrong. God's body is no longer controlled by the Catholic Church, either. Strapped for funds, the Vatican has sold the Corpus Dei to the Baptists, who (shades of Stanley Elkin's The Living End, 1979) have turned the body into the central attraction at a religious theme park. Then a Pennsylvania justice of the peace named Martin Candle gets prostate cancer and loses his beloved wife in a freak automobile accident. Outraged, Job-like Martin decides to put God on trial before the World Court in The Hague. As in Towing Jehovah, Morrow combines black comedy with theological speculation in an often painful examination of God's possible responsibility for human suffering. There are some powerful and surreal scenes here, as when Martin, gathering information for the prosecution, enters God's brain and finds himself on a packet steamer captained by Saint Augustine, their destination the Garden of Eden. Along the way, they run into various biblical characters, many of whom applaud Martin's actions. Much of the narrative is heavy going, consisting of detailed discussions of "theodicy," the "attempt to reconcile the fact of evil with the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent Creator." Equally hard to deal with, though for emotional reasons, are the extended descriptions of human suffering, ranging from the gas chambers of Auschwitz to Martin's cancer. Ultimately, this is a dark and powerful sequel, but one lacking subtlety as well as the surprise and adventurousness of the original.
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I rally enjoyed reading this book when I borrowed it from a friend and I purchased it to have on hand for re-reads. This is the best of the Towing Jehovah series in my opinion. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Josh Noel
Great novel, great writing, great cynical sense of humour. Definitely a page turner. Sort of an "Answer to Job" of the modern day with a twist. Read morePublished on August 21, 2007 by Scrondo
I reviewed Morrow's first book in this series, "Towing Jehovah," in which God's enormous body is found floating in the ocean. Read morePublished on May 22, 2005 by The Spinozanator
..make for a whopping good read! Our intrepid hero, a Justice of the Peace/ Magistrate in the Philly Suburbs, gets cancer, and his wife, a professional pet-lover, dies while... Read morePublished on July 26, 2004 by Hans Castorp
I really enjoyed Towing Jehovah. However, Blameless in Abaddon does not live up to the same standards as Towing.
For me, it bogged down in the middle. Read more
As a narrative, this is a very imaginative book. It has it's humorous moments, but it's not as humorous as it has been made out to be in other reviews. Read morePublished on January 29, 2004
I've read every James Morrow book I could get my hands on, and they are all magnificent, however, this one outshines them all. Read morePublished on August 31, 2003 by aynge mackay
"Blameless in Abaddon" continues the merry mayhem wrought by the Corpus Dei introduced in "Towing Jehovah. Read morePublished on December 18, 2002 by R. Morell
In this sequel to *Towing Jehovah* James Morrow continues his well thought-out theological diatribes. Read morePublished on October 13, 2002 by doomsdayer520