Originally Posted by ATDrake
Well, Orson Scott Card's kind of notorious for a reason. And C.S. Lewis was IIRC a convert* who was deliberately writing faith-based allegory and parables.
* I forget whether it was Tolkien who converted him from agnoticism to Christianity or the other way around.
Right, but I didn't know that back when I picked up the books. Just my bad luck, getting a run of scifi with religious themes in a row I suppose. I couldn't get through LOTR either. Anyway, it made me gunshy regarding scifi/fantasy, so I tended to avoid it.