Empty faith & control as a theme? I removed the extract from this thread as I wanted critique more on the theme than the writing. Instead, I just want to ask if you think this is a strong theme for a novel. Basically, the novel is about a flawed but relatable protagonist who has to struggle with the idea of a manipulative and corrupt God. However, when he finally confronts God, he sees that in his crusade for answers, he was no better, and that indeed, control is the most intoxicating thing that there is, in fact the only thing that there is. He thinks of all the people who he had thought he was trying to free, and sees that actually need their faith to keep them going, empty though it is. Do you think this is enough of a premise for a book?