In this chapter, Mond continues his discussion of the practical philosophy of the world he controls. With Bernard and Helmholtz gone, Mond and John concentrate on the issues that distinguish the traditional world — John's Malpais as well as the reader's world — from the dystopia, especially a belief in God.Mond and John's experiences of religion oddly complement one another. Mond knows about God and religion from the forbidden books he has read — the Bible, the medieval Imitation of Christ, and the relatively modern works of Cardinal Newman and William James. John, in contrast, has actually lived a religious life in Malpais, surrounded by the rituals of worship and purifying himself in fasting and suffering.Mond's argument against religion in his world is materialistic — the main point being that the culture of comfort has made God obsolete. According to Mond's view, people turn to religion only when age
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