"Life of Pi" commentary

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"I'll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get struck in my craw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation."This passage focuses on Pi's religious belief and how Pi believes that religion is vital to our humanity, compassion, and benevolence. Pi's individual decision to affirm Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism as his religions shows Pi's insight and perception of religion and the role our lives play in it. Pi has an impeccable faith in religion and desire to be love God, but he never criticizes those that do not believe.

Pi embraces atheists as his "brothers and sisters of a different faith" leading us to question why he would closely relate himself to a group of people contradicting his way or ways of life. He says that atheist also make that "leap of faith". He respects that strong atheists do not have doubt that God does not exist, they believe God does not exist. Agnostics however teeter on the line of belief, doubt, and disbelief. Pi does not respect agnostic's way of life because it involves no commitment or faith. The author's tone throughout the passage is very revealing and contemplative while being cold and almost apathetic for agnostics. The author wants to convey to us the importance faith and religion plays in Pi's life to what extent religion will co-exist with Pi as he is...