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Monday, 10 March 2014

Sherlock Holmes is Not an Atheist

You know my methods, Watson. There was not one of them which I did not apply to the inquiry. And it ended by my discovering traces, but very different ones from those which I had expected.
     The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1893) 
Yesterday, I was able to watch the last episode of BBC's Sherlock, Season 3 on cable channel AXN. The intelligent producers/writers of this series have shocked and awed Sherlock Holmes fans worldwide due to their unorthodox storylines. And it worked. The first two seasons hold a 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and season three has a 97% approval rating.

BBC's Sherlock was so popular because

The deduction sequences are ingenious,
Dan Martin, The Guardian
Unlike other versions of Sherlock, BBC was triumphant in stimulating the minds of its viewers.

In fact, the show was so successful that The Telegraph called the show:

a global phenomenon

Anyway, I used the term unorthodox above because this British channel's creation made Sherlock, the greatest detective in the world, a murderer (on Episode 3 of Season 3). A Sherlock fanatic would undoubtedly frown on the idea but I was able to find a justification. Their version of Sherlock was an atheist. So in that, I find comfort. I am relieved that my favorite character was only able to do the abominable because he did not believe in God.

It's actually easy to prove that the original Sherlock Holmes, written by the knighted Conan Doyle was a theist. Also in  The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes we can see that the original is on the side of angels:
There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion,
 Can't but agree. Sherlock is indeed a genius. Anyway, to continue:
Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its colour are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.

So thank God for the roses.

The end.

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