The God Patent book club discussion questions
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? 1 0 . Do you feel any empathy for Katarina’s mother? Why? 1 1 . 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? 1 2 . Do   you   think   Ryan’s   response   was   appropriate   when   Katarina   got   in   trouble?   What   would   you   do   in that situation? 1 3 . Ryan   insists   that   the   existence   of   the   universe   is   a   “proof   of   principle”   that   something   can   come   from nothing. Did he really believe it? 1 4 . 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? 1 5 . Do things really “happen for a reason”? 1 6 . Which came first, consciousness or matter? 1 7 . What was up with the pelican?
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