Between the science and the science v religion culture war, The God Patent is really about Ryan and Katarina . . .
1.What is Ryan’s primary goal?2.To what extent does Ryan find what he’s truly looking for in Petaluma? In Texas? What role does Katarina play in his success/failure? Sean?3.How religious is Ryan at the beginning of the story? at the end? How religious do you think Katarina is?4.Is Dodge as rotten of a human being as he tries to make out? What cracks are in his armor? Do you think he cares for Katarina? Ryan? Himself?5.Why does Dodge leave that revolver out on his desk?6.Emmy said, “Love is a verb. It’s something that we do and when it becomes a noun it dies.” Do you think that love is a verb?7.In her discussion about womanhood with Katarina Emmy describes herself as a “stuck up bitch” – what does she mean? Does Katarina get the message that Emmy is trying to impart?8.All the characters in The God Patent make mistakes. Ryan makes too many to count but what do you think is his biggest mistake?9.Foster is sincere in his beliefs but he makes one huge error, what do you think it was?10.Do you feel any empathy for Katarina’s mother? Why?11.In what ways does Katarina grow from the beginning of the book when she is 11, has “scratched up knees” and slides down the banister to the end of the book when she is 14?12.Do you think Ryan’s response was appropriate when Katarina got in trouble? What would you do in that situation?13.Ryan insists that the existence of the universe is a “proof of principle” that something can come from nothing. Did he really believe it?14.In the clone paradox, when the original is killed, does his soul survive in the clone? If you answer yes, then do you accept Katarina’s model of the soul?15.Do things really “happen for a reason”?16.Which came first, consciousness or matter?17.What was up with the pelican?