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originally posted by: Astyanax
The Star is (to belabour the obvious) fiction.
Arthur was a strong atheist with deep spiritual and theological interests. These can be seen at play in the story but its plot is simply that of a cosmic coincidence that destroys a Jesuit astronaut's faith. It's a great story -- I read it at least forty years ago but I can still remember the last line -- but it is not meant to be discussed as if it really happened.
In the world of The Star, God either does not exist, or is a force of evil. But the world of The Star exists only in a two-page science fiction story.