If faith was taken out of the equation and all an individual would have to do is submit to God’s will to be saved, why would she turn down paradise? Michael Tolkin’s 1991 film, The Rapture, asks this question, but there are no easy answers.
Shanna Dixon argues that J.G. Ballard’s “The Terminal Beach” and E.M Forster’s “The Machine Stops” illustrate attempts at reconciling inner-space and outer-space and maintain that science and technology will ultimately lead to humanity’s non-existence.
Time and religion have always served as means by which humanity satisfies its preoccupation with order and purpose. However, in Ellison’s “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” and Dostoyevsky’s “The Grand Inquisitor,” humanity’s obsession with structure has forced it to become subservient to the elements that were intended for its own advancement.