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Published:August 10th, 2009 15:57 EST
Godless, Peter Hautman

Godless, Peter Hautman

By Tony Graff

Usually, when I get the chance to read, I`m apt to lay my hands on fiction, mostly books like The Hobbit or the Dark Elf Trilogy. However, this time around I managed to find a copy of Godless pretty cheap, and said why not. 

This book tells the story of a fourteen year old and the events -Chrstian Youth Meetings, constant talks with his parents about what he should be doing - that lead him to create his own religion: Chutengodianism. He created it by the seat of his pants just to get people off his back, but others join his movement, like his best friend, and the girl he has always wanted to be with. Worshipping the water tower seems pretty good until trouble rises involving the police. Then the protagonist has no remorse in setting it aside to stay out of trouble. His friend wholeheartedly believes that the Water Tower, or the ten-legged God, is speaking to its prophet, and goes off the deep end, while others are forming a sort of Protestant version of the small religion. 
This book kept me reading, and soon I had finished it. The book wasn`t about religion at all. What Jason formulated in the name of Chutengodianism was his core beliefs, not preconstructed by those around him, like his devoutly Catholic father or the group meetings he attended. At some point, each of us make a choice as to what we believe is acceptable and what is not. When we have our "Chutengodian" experience and develop what we hold as important, independant of other schools of thought, then we really come to know ourselves. Peter Hautman did an excellent job writing the book, and displaying not only the experiences of creating moral standards, but also how religion is viewed by the masses. There are people who are like Jason in every religion, and people who worship like Henry Stagg or Shin in every religion.