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"Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion?"
Fed up with his parents' boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god -- the town's water tower. He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers: his snail-farming best friend, Shin, cute-as-a-button (whatever that means) Magda Price, and the violent and unpredictable Henry Stagg. As their religion grows, it takes on a life of its own. While Jason struggles to keep the faith pure, Shin obsesses over writing their bible, and the explosive Henry schemes to make the new faith even more exciting -- and dangerous.
When the Chutengodians hold their first ceremony high atop the dome of the water tower, things quickly go from merely dangerous to terrifying and deadly. Jason soon realizes that inventing a religion is a lot easier than controlling it, but control it he must, before his creation destroys both his friends and himself.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on Jun 23, 2008
ISBN: 9781439107430
List price: $8.99
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Interesting story. The protaganist doesn't believe in anything, not even himself. My thoughts after reading this was that in order to believe in greater or higher power you also have to believe in yourself which then leads you to believe in others. Questioning faith is not a problem, I think it's necessary, but you have to have faith in something. He had no faith at all and apparently doesn't really want to, which is pretty sad.read more
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I love this book. It is short, funny, and makes one think about religion in a non-threatening way. I highly recommend this one for teenage boys (and girls).read more
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Interesting story. The protaganist doesn't believe in anything, not even himself. My thoughts after reading this was that in order to believe in greater or higher power you also have to believe in yourself which then leads you to believe in others. Questioning faith is not a problem, I think it's necessary, but you have to have faith in something. He had no faith at all and apparently doesn't really want to, which is pretty sad.
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I love this book. It is short, funny, and makes one think about religion in a non-threatening way. I highly recommend this one for teenage boys (and girls).
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After being punched in the face underneath the water tower a new realization is unearthed and Chutogionism is born. You can't disagree, after all water is the source of all life.
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A weird book for me. The story is realistic, but it's slow-moving and unremarkable.
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Jason in defiance of his conservative Catholic up-bringing creates his own religion: the town's water tower as god. Intellectual discussion re: creed, beliefs, practices (commandment #1: Don't be a wuss) is balanced by the action of climbing (and entering!) the god (water tower). Trouble ensues. Anti-religion, anti-Catholic content will make this book offensive for some which is too bad as it challenges, not disputes, faith.
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