Interestingly, my first meaningful exposure to Moby Dick was from theologian R. C. Sproul–unless one counts the movie that features Patrick Stewart as captain Ahab. Dr Sproul explained in a sermon how the whiteness of the whale was an allusion to God’s holiness. Another time, I had the pleasure of hearing professor Sproul read a portion of chapter 9, where father Mapple is preaching a sermon concerning Jonah. In my opinion chapter nine alone makes this classic novel worth the read! Here is a thought provoking observation taken from the first chapter:
The act of paying is perhaps the most uncomfortable infliction that the two orchard thieves entailed upon us. But being paid,- what will compare with it? The urbane activity with which a man receives money is really marvellous, considering that we so earnestly believe money to be the root of all earthly ills, and that on no account can a monied man enter heaven. Ah! how cheerfully we consign ourselves to perdition! (Herman Melville: Moby Dick; or, The Whale)
Has anyone else out there read Moby Dick and would like to share their favorite lines? By the way, this book is free via Amazon Kindle and Google books.