Ray Bradbury Interview
Bradbury started writing for pulp magazines like "Weird Tales" and "Thrilling Wonder Stories" at the beginning of his career. But even then, faith was an important theme.
In his 1949 story "The Man," Bradbury tells the story of a rocket crew landing on Mars, only to see their thunder taken by a Christ-like figure who had arrived only hours earlier.
In subsequent stories such as "Bless Me, Father, For I Have Sinned," priests and other ordinary people search and find redemption.
Allusions to Christianity are common in his stories, but Bradbury doesn't define himself as a Christian. He considers Jesus a wise prophet, like Buddha and Confucius.
"Jesus is a remarkable person," Bradbury says. "He was on his way to becoming Christ, and he made it."
Weller, also author of "The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury," says Bradbury's religious antenna is most attuned to Christianity.
"The guy keeps writing about Jesus, but he doesn't consider himself a Christian," Weller says.
"He says faith is necessary but that we should accept the fact that when it comes to God, none of us know anything."